K-Town Cool: The Korean Diaspora

Los Angeles has the largest Korean population outside of the Korean Peninsula. We explore the social, cultural, and political nuances of the genesis and development of the Korean community in Los Angeles. We explore identity and community through different immersions.

Learning Objectives

Develop an understanding of Korean culture; its values, traditions, and rituals, through an examination of the Korean Diaspora in LA.
Building historical context of immigration in the 20th century, including the geopolitical and economic factors that led to Korean emigration and the establishment of a large KoreaTown in LA.
Experiencing the multiculturalism of Los Angeles and in KoreaTown, charting the distinct cultural influences evolving and shaping what it means to be Korean or experience Korean culture in LA.

Places and Activities

This program is flexible, and can be offered in 3, 5, or 7 day itineraries.

After arriving in LA, the students then hike to the Griffith Observatory to understand the vast expanse of the city. Also including a KoreaTown slow-looking walk and introductory workshops at the Korean Cultural Center.

Enjoying a traditional Korean dinner at Dong II Jong, a shopping exercise and empathy interviewing at KoreaTown Plaza mall. Students also participate in a street art tour and enjoy a karaoke night!

Through a walking tour, the history of the LA riots is learned. Experiencing an evening traditional dance performance, a K-Pop Dance class and even a classical cultural experience at the Korean Wi Spa for some relaxation.

Celebrating the end of the program with a debrief at Santa Monica Pier and Korean cooking class, before heading home.

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