Flushing the Korean Elders in Flushing


After the Immigration Act of 1965 was removed on Asian migrations, the number of Korean immigrants in the United States grew rapidly; the population increased drastically, from 29,000 in 1970 to 290,000 in 1980, then nearly doubled in 1990 from 568,000 and to 1.1 million by 2010 (Zhong). And by 2015, approximately 1.2 million Korean immigrants reside in the United States, representing 2.4 percent of the entire U.S. immigrants. Out of the Korean immigrants, 9% reside in New York, but the problem rises here(Zhong). Compared to the other foreign-born population and native-born population immigrants, respectively 44 and 36,  the median age of Korean immigrants was 46 years—slightly older than the overall US immigrant population and the native-born population. Because in the recent years, the Korean immigrant population in the United States has been increasing at a decreasing rate, slowly remaining been seen as stagnant— and due to this rate, of the total population of immigrants, 17% are aged 65 and over.


Despite the increasing rate of the Korean immigrants aged above 65, and the decreasing rate of immigrants under 18, the senior care center for Korean elders remains the same; and as Abraham Lee, the president of the Bronx Korean American Senior Citizen Association said,  “No space, no money, that’s the problem”. Although the population of the elders and elders living alone in foreign country like US are increasing, the help available remains the same, or even decreasing because of the increasing prices of the general product.


In order to help the elders that are about the age of my grandparents back home, living alone, I hope to research and build awareness about the Korean immigrants aged 65 and over. My research of the ecology of Flushing is based on  Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska’s essay on Life After New Media, and specifically on their theory of Creative Media Project. As they divided this practice into  3 steps, I followed their step when researching my precarity of the elders in need of help, but couldn’t get it due to shortage in availability. First, I asked the question, how can I relate to this issue? What can I do to solve this issue? How can I properly deliver what is going on and why this issue needs attention of the people? Secondly, I fixed and revised my approach — through multiple proposals and visits to the center, I was able to grasp that there cannot be a clear solution, and rather altered my approach to spread and target the awareness to a bigger audience. Lastly, their step was to “Try again. Fail again. Fail better”. Through multiple forms of media: word, audio, photos and video clips, although I cannot grasp the entire issue into these forms, I hope to grasp at least some idea of the precarity that exists in New York despite different ethnicity.


Zhong, Jie , and Jeanne Batalova. “Korean Immigrants in the United States.” Migrationpolicy.org, 8 Feb. 2017, www.migrationpolicy.org/article/korean-immigrants-united-states

Hu, Winnie. “Bronx Koreans Cope as Their Population Shrinks.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 1 Apr. 2015, www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/nyregion/as-bronx-loses-koreans-one-room-senior-center-is-vital-link.html.


~ by jinayoo34 on October 24, 2017.

One Response to “Flushing the Korean Elders in Flushing”

  1. Learning/Substance. You provide facts and figures about the demographic that you are focusing on, in order to emphasize the problem at hand (which is the lack of governmental care/support in this vulnerable population). It helped deepen my understanding of this population holistically, as well as in different age groups.

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