I mentioned 50,000 ethnic Chinese-Koreans ([한국]"화교", 韓國華僑, 韩国华侨) living in South Korea out of a population of about 50,000,000. Well, I looked it up on the great free online encyclopedia that is Wikipedia and it actually cites a figure of 624,994 (2009, 71% of which are ethnic Koreans), but these represent all people with Chinese citizenship. And, rather than refer to the recent migrants, I was referring to the historic Chinese population dating back to 1882 -- fourth or fifth generation ethnic-Chinese Koreans that have largely retained their culture and language, while speaking perfect Korean. The site mentions:
It is estimated that only 26,700 of the old Chinese community now remain in South Korea; they largely hold Republic of China nationality.And that:
Due to the South Korean regulations in the 1960s which limited foreign property ownership, many Chinese in South Korea left the country. During the 1970s, 15,000 are estimated to have moved to the United States, and another 10,000 to Taiwan.Amazingly, there are many Chinese-Koreans in California. If you're in the Berkeley-Oakland area, there are two Chinese restaurants on opposing sides of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. One of which, I know is owned by an ethnic-Chinese Korean family. In even the smallest of Korean communities, there's a good chance that the local Chinese restaurant that sells Sino-Korean dishes (such as Jja-jang myeon or 짜장면, I'm not sure what to call these dishes as I believe people in China proper do not eat them), then there's a good chance they are owned by 4th or 5th generation, ethnic Chinese-Koreans that have migrated from South Korea. In Los Angeles, there's so many of these restaurants that it's not difficult to meet Chinese-Koreans, but if you're in San Diego, the Chinese restaurant in the Asian business area of Convoy is also owned by a Chinese-Korean family. Their Korean is perfect so it is hard to distinguish that they are indeed ethnic Chinese. I find it amazing that from such a small community (say 50,000), many now live in California.
Talk about a direct connection with history.
Anyways, yes, I ate jja-jang-myeon (black bean noodles?) yesterday.