Korean Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Sydney Restaurant Industry

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Journal Article
Labour and management in development, 2014, 15
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Australia has a long history of immigrant entrepreneurship.Korean immigrants have the highest rate of entrepreneurship of any immigrant group in Australia, twice the Australian average.Yet there has been little research into Korean immigrant entrepreneurs in Australia and their transnational social and business links with the global Korean Diaspora.Thisarticle presents the results of recent research into Korean immigrant entrepreneurs with businesses in restaurants and food retailing in Sydney, the city with the highest concentration of Korean immigrants in Australia. The research took the form of a survey of 65 Korean immigrant entrepreneurs using a snowballing sampling method and in-depth interviews with 10 Korean immigrant entrepreneurs. The article explores their immigration history and business experience in Australia, the role of the family in business and their use of local and transnational Korean business and social networks. It looks at the dynamics of these business enterprises. A key issue is the clustering of Korean restaurants and food stores in the main Sydney areas of Korean settlement: the CBD, Strathfield, Eastwood and Campsie. The article explores the reasons for this spatial clustering.
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