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The Historical Development of Early Korean Immigration To Hawaii And Its Legal Structure

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Title: The Historical Development of Early Korean Immigration To Hawaii And Its Legal Structure
Authors: Baik, Tae-Ung
Murabayashi, Duk Hee Lee
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: 11 J. Korean L. 77 2011-2012
Series/Report no.: Journal of Korean Law, Volume 11
Abstract: The Joseon dynasty opened its doors to the United States of America in 1882 and gradually to other western countries giving up its isolation policy. One of the dramatic results of this policy change was that Emperor Gojong granted permission to allow Korean emigration to Hawaii in 1902. The first group of 102 Korean immigrants, including 21 wives and 26 children under the age of 18, arrived at Honolulu Harbor on January 13, 1903. Approximately 7,400 Korean laborers immigrated to Hawaii in the next two and one half years until immigration ended in August 1905. The purpose of this paper is to review the legal structures that supported Korean immigration to Hawaii from 1903 to 1910, when the Daehan Empire lost its sovereign power. This article first reviews the socio-economic and legal conditions leading to importation of Chinese and Japanese laborers to the Kingdom of Hawaii prior to the arrival of Koreans. Then, Korea's diplomatic and legal arrangements for the immigration of Korean laborers are examined. American legal policies and structuresfor Korean immigrants are also reviewed.
Pages/Duration: 23
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