The First Korean Immigrants in America

Dora Kim Moon and her family. From Distinctive Women in Hawaii History:

January 13, 1903 — the first large group of Korean immigrants arrived in America. As 102 Korean men, women, and children stepped off the S.S. Gaelic, they saw Hawaii’s blue skies for the first time. Little did they know that seven years later, Japan would colonize their native land, and many of them would never experience Korea’s four seasons again.

The men arrived to work in the sugar plantations, and their immigration was “experimental”:

“If they are found to be good laborers on the plantation and take kindly to the country, there is not question whatever that each steamer from the Orient will see a large company of these people.”

Read more about it in “Party of Koreans.”

“Party of Koreans”
Evening bulletin, Jan. 13, 1903, P. 1


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