Hoping to escape the tyranny of the Japanese government,
which controlled their country during the 19th century, many
Koreans made the hard decision to leave their homes-and
sometimes their entire families-to find a better, more successful
life in the United States or Canada. From the Hawaiian plantation
workers to the industrious shopkeepers of today, Korean Americans
have overcome prejudice and hardship to become a thriving part
of North American culture.
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