Koreatown is a cute little neighborhood located within Central Los Angeles within California. It lies next to 8th street and Irolo street. During the 1960s, many Koreans began to immigrate in large numbers to this area and found housing in this cure Midwilshire area. Most had operated their businesses that they found and decent rent as well as tolerance towards a growing Korena population. Most of the historic Art deco buildings that have terra cotta facades have been well preserved simply because the buildings are considered to be economically viable for many new businesses.
Koreatown is a very dense populated area when it comes to the population within Los Angeles County, with more than 120,000 residents within less than 3 square miles. Despite the name Koreatown making you think of traditional ethnic enclave, the community is actually quite complex and has had a unique impact on the areas that are outside of the traditional boundaries. Although the neighborhood culture is very historically oriented towards the Korean immigrant population, Korean business owners have created stronger ties with the Latino community within Koreatown. The community is quite ethically diverse with over half of the population being Latino and the rest being Asian. Many of these residents were born outside of the US, which is quite high when you compare it to the rest of the city that surround them.
This area saw their limelight of Hollywood, when the Ambassador Hotel hosted 4 different Academy Awards ceremonies in the 1930s. Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. During this time , most of the neighborhood had a really steep decline. Most of the hotel structures were demolished and on those hotel sights, the Robert F. Kennedy Community School were built with the first one opening in 2009. These once glamorous Wilshire areas that had vacant office and commercial spaces began to attract the wealthy South Korean immigrants during the 1960s. They managed to find cheap housing and most of them actually opened up businesses in this area. The relaxed federal immigration rules after the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act actually caused a boom in the growing immigrant community in Koreatown. Most of the buildings became homes to new businesses that occupied the once empty streets.
During the Los Angeles riots of 1992, it caused a severe impact on the community in Koreatown. Korean Americans had begun to feel that they received very little to no aid or protection from their police authorities because of their low social status and a language barrier. This violent wave stimulated new waves of political activism but it split the Korean Americans into two different groups. The liberals wanted to unite with other minorities and fight against any racial oppression, as well as scapegoating. The conservatives wanted law and order and just favored social and economic policies of the Republican party.
Now that Koreatown has a majority of Latino people, it is not unusual to find many Latinos in grocery stores and restaurants speaking Korean to Korean people or Korean business owners engaging in conversation with Latino customers in Spanish. This is a prime example of cultural interchange between Latino and Korean people, which has caused Korean inspired taco trucks in Los Angeles, which has begun to feature classic Mexican dishes with Korean ingredients.