Residential Patterns of Chinese and Korean Americans in Greater Los Angeles

  • Kevin Ok


This article elaborates on why the residential patterns of Korean Americans and Chinese Americans vary. The affluent class of the Chinese Americans has developed a privileged version of an ethnic enclave within the San Gabriel Valley while the Korean Americans are dispersed within the Greater Los Angeles Area. The affluent Chinese have moved from the mainland to the San Gabriel Valley because of a high concentration of already present Chinese American inhabitants. On the other hand, Korean Americans have always been dispersed within the Greater Los Angeles area and therefore do not have a specified area that is highly concentrated. Historical sequences from these two ethnic groups also perpetuate these trends.