Topic: People and Communities
The Korean immigration to Argentina is one of the most important and singular of all migratory flows to ever come to our country. Unlike several of the other migratory groups that came to our country, the Korean community features a very unique style and relationship with the local society, for they have maintained their traditions and culture in such a strong way that in many cases they have built a society within a society that share little. Little Korea, in the neighborhood of Bajo Flores, is indeed that. One other decisive factor in this particular bond is the fact that Argentina and Korea have traditionally belong to geopolitical and economical differential spheres of influence, even more decisive is the fact that these cultures are totally different and the fact that they are together sharing a specific space is the result of a particular world event. Most Korean immigrants originally from South Korea left their motherland during the war of 1950-1953, fearing the invasion of the communist domain up north. One interesting feature is that most immigrants came in an organized way, bringing their business and culture in a deep sense. Focusing on keeping their own traditions and incorporating some of the local features without ever forgetting who they are and maintaining that line clean and clear, Argentina -with all the social, cultural, ethnical and political differences that might have- appeared as a milestone to progress and community development, and still does, due to the fact that the flow has not ceased yet. In 1984 15,000 Koreans had relocated in our country. By 1987 the number had grown to 20,000, without counting the number of local births, tourism influx and business relocation. Currently, over 25,000 Koreans live in Argentina and an approximate number of 2000 people wish to relocate to our country yearly. Bringing their cultural heritage and traditions, Koreans in Argentina whilst maintaining their own identity in a sharper and stronger way than other communities, have began to tie deeper bonds with the sense of being Argentine in their own personal way. Even more, in these days of global culture, the Asian input provided by this community is growing in importance. For example there’s a proliferation of cultural bonds in health related issues and body-mind care. Martial arts, cuisine, religion and conception of the universe are the main contribution in cultural terms. While on the social and economical side, their hard work efficiency is both appealing and awkward to Latin standards. Hopefully with the pass of time and a richer two way flow of influence those differences will be better understood and respected.
Park Soo Keun
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