February 6, 2020 – Explore the history and development of 32nd Street, a.k.a Koreatown in Manhattan. Dr. Jinwon Kim presents a comprehensive study of 32nd Street as a transnational space for consumption, leisure and entertainment.
Over the past decade, the one block of 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has drawn Koreans and non-Koreans seeking everything Korean, from day spas to nightlife. “Koreatown” is now known as a home for a taste of Korea for both ethnic Koreans and non-Korean New Yorkers, where restaurants, bars, karaokes (or “norae-bang”), internet cafes and all-night spas offer “Seoul-style” consumption. The emergence of a new ethnic enclave raises some interesting questions concerning how and why Koreatown in Manhattan has been shaped by transnational flows of culture and economy.
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