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The history of the Koreans in Baltimore dates back to the mid-20th century.
The Korean American community in Baltimore, Maryland numbered 1,990 as of 2010, making up 0.3% of Baltimore's population.  At 93,000 people, the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area has the third largest Korean American population in the United States.  The Baltimore metropolitan area is home to 35,000 Koreans, many of whom live in suburban Howard County,  particularly Columbia and Ellicott City. As of 2000, the Korean language is spoken at home by 3,970 people in Baltimore. 
The Korean-American population in Baltimore first exceeded 100 people in the 1960s. Prior to the 1960s, few Koreans settled in the city.  Almost no Koreans immigrated to Baltimore between 1883 and 1950. Koreans first started appearing in Baltimore in large numbers after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was passed, which abolished the national origin and racial quota system. By 1978, Koreans were the largest Asian-American group in the city.  The new law encouraged the immigration of skilled Korean workers, including mechanics and engineers for the city's industries. Many Korean immigrants founded groceries, dry cleaners, and other mom and pop businesses. 
The Korean immigrant community in the city was the most solid from the 1970s until the 1990s, after which urban flight led many Koreans to settle in surrounding counties, particularly Howard County. A cluster of Korean restaurants still exist in the lower part of Charles Village, north of the location of the first Korean grocery in Baltimore (the Far East House). 
The Korean-American Grocers & Licensed Beverage Association of Maryland, Inc. ( Korean: 메릴랜드 한인 식품 주류협회) or KAGRO of Maryland assists Korean-American business owners. In 1995 the organization launched a program that gives $1000 scholarships to students. 
Koreans in Baltimore report anti-Korean bigotry from the city government and African-Americans. Cultural differences and language barriers, resulting in lack of communication and collaboration, have contributed to animosity between African-Americans and Koreans. At the city-owned Lafayette Market, the government cancelled the leases of Korean shop-owners in order to increase the number of African-American shop-owners, a move that has been accused of being discriminatory to Koreans. 
Race relations between African-Americans and Korean-Americans were tense during the 1990s. African-Americans mistreatment by Korean migrants and believed that Korean grocery stores were selling poor quality food. Korean-Americans feared for their personal safety after a rash of robberies and murders against Koreans and questioned whether these crimes were racially motivated. Tensions between the two communities reached a boiling point after a mostly African-American jury acquitted an African-American who was accused of the robbery and murder of a Korean college student. Representatives of the Korean community filed complaints with the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, accusing the city government and law enforcement of failing to protect Koreans and Korean businesses. In response to these complaints, African-American and Korean community leaders sought ways to better race relations and the city government expanded language services and other outreach to Koreans. Under federal law, Baltimore city government and law enforcement are now required to offer language services to Korean speakers. 
Many Koreans are distrustful of the government. Language barriers, lack of political representation, fear of retaliation when criminal court cases fall apart, and lack of police response contributes to distrust for the criminal justice system. 
In 2012, a proposed change in the city's zoning laws made many Korean shop-owners worry that they could be put out of business. Koreans own most corner liquor stores in Baltimore and many feel that they have been unfairly targeted by city government. Over 40 years ago, in 1971, many dozens of liquor stores were grandfathered into city zoning changes. Proposed changes in zoning laws could strip many of these Korean-owned stores of their licenses. If the zoning law were passed, liquor stores with grandfathered licenses would be forced to stop selling liquor within two years, sell their liquor license to someone else, or move their business to an area zoned for liquor.  In response, several dozen Korean grocery and liquor store owners have alleged they are being unfairly targeted.  
A law proposed in 2012 that would ban youths from buying any items from liquor stores was alleged to be racist against Koreans by the Korean-American Grocers & Licensed Beverage Association of Maryland. The legal adviser for the association compared the law to 19th century Chinese Laundry Laws which were used to close down Chinese-owned businesses in San Francisco. 
Following the death of Freddie Gray, many Korean-owned stores in Baltimore were damaged or looted during the 2015 Baltimore riot. Of the 380 businesses damaged or looted by the rioters, 100 of them were owned by Korean-Americans. Despite the riots costing Korean-American business owners half a million dollars in damages, many stores have reopened with the help of the Korean Society of Maryland and other Korean-American fundraisers.  While Baltimore has a history of racial tension between African-Americans and Korean-Americans, some Korean-Americans such as Korean Society of Maryland member Eunhae Gohng believe that Korean-owned stores were targeted for economic rather than racial reasons.  In response to the damage caused by the riots to Korean-American businesses, a performance titled "Bmore Seoul to Soul" was held in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District featuring both African-American and Korean-American dancers in an attempt to relieve tensions between the two communities.  
There is a small portion of lower Charles Village, (officially referred to as the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, that is sometimes referred to as Koreatown  or Little Korea  and is home to a number of Korean restaurants,  but it has not been officially designated as a Koreatown.  This informal Koreatown is bound on the north by 24th Street, on the south by North Avenue, on the west by Maryland Avenue, and on the east by St. Paul Street. 
Koreans in Baltimore are an under-served population and many lack access to healthcare. This lack of access to healthcare has been an ongoing problem for the city's Korean community. According to one study, only 40% of Koreans received healthcare when they needed it and 86% who did obtain healthcare had difficulties doing so, primarily due to language barriers.  In response to these difficulties, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing helped found the Korean Resource Center, a non-profit community-based education and research foundation in order to mobilize resources in the Korean community and aid elderly Koreans.  In 1999, the Baltimore Metropolitan Korean Senior Center was founded in order to focus on the needs of elderly Koreans in Baltimore, offering English language courses, daily lunches, field trips, and healthcare aid. 
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