16% of Korean Americans say they have been discriminated against at airports because of their race

Pew Research Survey of Korean and Asian Immigrants
1 in 4 Koreans “considering moving to Korea”…reasons include healthcare, family, etc.

Some Korean American immigrants in the United States believe they have been subjected to extra scrutiny at airports because of their race, but many rarely share their experiences of racism with their families, according to a new survey.

Neil Ruiz, a senior research fellow at the Pew Research Center, made the announcement in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 11 (local time) during a session titled “Current Trends Asian American Leaders Should Know.

According to the survey, 16% of Korean American respondents said they have been stopped or subjected to a secondary search at an airport because of their race. Among all Asian respondents, 20 percent said the same.

However, 60 percent of African Americans say they rarely or never share with their families about their experiences with racism growing up. Only 12% said they often discuss their experiences with racism with their families.

In addition, 67% of Korean respondents said that what happens to Asians in the U.S. affects their lives to some extent.

“This is why Asians across the country mourned what happened to Korean Americans in Atlanta as if it were their own,” Ruiz said, citing the Atlanta spa shooting in 2021 as an example.

In addition, 26% of Korean American respondents said they would consider moving to South Korea.

“Korean-Americans cited better healthcare than in the U.S. (26%) and the ability to live with family in Korea (22%) as reasons to consider moving to Korea,” said Ruiz.

Meanwhile, the Korean-American population in the U.S. is 1.96 million, making up 8% of the Asian population and the fifth-largest Asian population.

In addition, 57% of Korean immigrants in the U.S. over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and their median household income is $72,000 ($94,700), slightly lower than the $86,000 ($113,000) average for Asians in the United States.

The survey was conducted by Pew Research Center among 7,600 Asians, including Koreans, in all 50 states over a seven-month period beginning in 2022.

The release was co-hosted by the Consulate General in Atlanta and the Korean American Council (KAC) Atlanta, and sponsored by the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and the Korea Foundation for International Exchange.

“This survey and report is significant because it provides a detailed analysis of the present and future of Korean Americans in the United States,” said Abraham Kim, President of CKA.

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