International Conference: Korean Immigration and Multiculturalism

Thursday, February 13, 2014 (All day)

Event Location
UHM Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
1881 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350



Since the first steamship carrying one hundred and two Korean immigrants landed at Honolulu Harbor on January 13, 1903, Korean immigration to the United States has continued in accordance with US immigration law and policy changes.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 1,463,474 Koreans residing in the United States as of March 2010. Although there have been efforts to study the development of Korean immigration to the United States, still many gaps are left unfilled. Particularly, the legal structures that supported the immigration, the changing identities of the Korean immigrants, and the implication the Korean immigrants on the developing intercourse of multiculturalism have been less examined areas. The relationship between Korea and the US has been ever increasing since the great expansion of Korean immigration to US after the adoption of 1965 Immigration Act of the US, and it is now entering into a new stage by the adoption of the ROK-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) in 2011. In this regard, this conference will offer a significant forum (1) to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Korean immigration and related legal issues, (2) to conduct comparative research on the Korean Diaspora, (3) to fill the gaps in the areas of law and policy, and (4) to gauge the implication of Korean immigrants on multiculturalism in Korea and in the US.

Organizing Committee:

  • Tae-Ung Baik, Associate Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, UHM
  • Seunghye Hong, Assistant Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, UHM
  • Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi, Trustee, University of Hawai‘i Foundation


  • The Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea
  • Center for Korean Studies, UHM
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, UHM
  • Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, UHM
  • Korean American Foundation Hawaii
  • Asia Institute, Osaka University of Economics and Law, Japan
  • Department of Social Welfare, Ewha Womans University, Korea

Event Contact Information

Prof. Tae-Ung Baik

Contact Phone
(808) 956-7838