Through new research and materials, Edward T. Chang proves in Pachappa Camp: The First Koreatown in the United States that Dosan Ahn Chang Ho established the first Koreatown in Riverside, California in early 1905. Chang reveals the story of Pachappa Camp and its roots in the diasporic Korean community's independence movement efforts for their homeland during the early 1900s and in the lives of the residents. Long overlooked by historians, Pachappa Camp studies the creation of Pachappa Camp and its place in Korean and Korean American history, placing Korean Americans in Riverside at the forefront of the Korean American community’s history.
Edward T. Chang is professor of ethnic studies and founding director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside.
Chapter One: First Encounter: Analysis of First Vision of Ahn Chang Ho in America
Chapter Two: Independence Movement and Korean National Association
Chapter Three: Korean Mission and Hakyo
Chapter Four: Pachappa Families
Chapter Five: Last Journey to America: The Deportation of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho (1924-1926)
Chapter Six: Point of Cultural Interest and Dosan Statue
Korean American studies scholar Edward Chang brings into view an important cornerstone of Korean American history in this book, which excavates America's first Korean "village," Pachappa Camp in Riverside, California. Affectionately referred to as "Dosan's Republic," this earliest Koreatown was where Dosan Ahn Chang Ho's utopian vision of self-cultivation, honest and respected work, and political activism were developed and practiced.
Drawing on a rich collection of historical documents, newspapers, and secondary sources, Pachappa Camp is the first book to analyze the creation and evolution of the very first organized Koreatown community in the mainland United States situated in Riverside, California. Chang frames the history around the early and later years of the famous pro-independence leader Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and shows how the camp is significant not only as a symbolic and institutional site for early Korean families and laborers, but also, as the lifeblood for the Korean American independence movement against Japanese colonization. The book fills a gap in our current knowledge of Korean American history.
Professor Edward Chang offers important archival work that illuminates the life and work of Ahn Chang Ho, one of the most important Korean nationalists of the early 20th century. Professor Chang shows how Ahn and other Korean Americans had conceived of the Pachappa Camp in Riverside, California, as a novel experiment for Koreans in the diaspora—this would be the place to establish their collective aspirations for a democratic republic in Korea itself, after the Korean monarchy and after Japanese colonialism. For presenting the Pachappa Camp as an important symbol and milestone in Korean and Korean American history, Professor Chang deserves our thanks.
5/14/21, The New York Times. Read a profile of author Edward Chang and the book on the history of America’s first Koreatown. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/us/koreatown-riverside.html