32nd Street: Then & Now

32nd Street: Then & Now

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.

For more information, please visit the link below:
https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1348-32nd-street-then-now

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