Holy cow. I could not find any pictures of Koreatown through Creative Commons today. I even had trouble finding general “Albany Park” pictures, so you’ll to content yourself with the, admittedly lovely, picture above.
I have lived in this town for almost twenty years and in all that time, I am a regular commuter on the Brown Line from Kimball, its terminus. The Kimball Brown Line is on Lawrence Avenue between Kedzie and Pulaski. What I didn’t know until fairly recently is that this is smack in the middle of Koreatown.
I’m from the west coast and for whatever reason, the ethnic villages, also known as “ethnic enclaves,” are very visible. San Francisco Chinatown is world famous, and Japantown is a peaceful haven in a bustling city. There are more people of Vietnamese descent in Santa Clara County than anywhere in the States, (when I lived there, over 80,000 people).
Koreatown, however, is much more subtle. According to what I’ve read from articles via Arcadia Publishing, (and I recommend their books highly, including Korean Americans in Chicago), the stretch on Lawrence Avenue between Kedzie and Pulaski has historically been the epicenter of Koreatown here.
In recent years, many people have moved to the northern suburbs, but once I started looking I began to see a lot of the Korean presence here. There’s a Korean American Cultural Center not far from the Brown Line, and I’ve seen people on my morning commute on their way there for English language lessons. There are Korean Barbecue restaurants and many, many Korean-owned businesses in the neighborhood.
I know Wikipedia isn’t scholarly, but I found the following article helpful when I was trying to look up images of the area because it gives the geographic boundaries – plus, I learned the term “ethnic enclave.” “Koreatown,” Wikipedia, retrieved from the following link 04/13/2016.
There is an app I used to have on my last phone, but haven’t downloaded to my current one. If someone recognizes it from my description, please tell me in comments because I’d love to get it again. It’s an app that determines what’s around you by your location, and gives you tips that an insider might know – which is how I found out I was in Koreatown to begin with. I’m mentioning it here in references not because I can remember the attribution, but precisely because I can’t, and it is the reason for today’s article. (My apologies to the app developers for my poor memory.)
A note on attributions: I know I’m not writing for school here, even though I’m giving myself flashbacks to when I got my MBA. But I think it’s important to credit others for things they do, and I’d be very disappointed if someone took from my work without crediting me. Also, there’s been a lot in social media off and on over the last several years about authors getting in hot water with photographers for posting things without permission and out of license. Since my husband is a professional photographer, that’s a hot topic in our house. It’s for that reason, Dear Reader, that I am using footnotes and attributions. I hope it doesn’t bring up too many bad memories of “get at least three sources for every assignment you turn in and use APA rules for all citations.” ~shudder~ (No offense meant to the APA, of course – grin.)
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