Welcome to the Health and Life Study of Koreans!

Koreans have immigrated to the United States for over 100 years. There were 462 Koreans in the United States in 1910. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2010, there are about 1.7 million Koreans residing in the United States.  Considering that there were just over 350,000 Koreans in the U.S. in 1980, this is an impressive increase. We are the fifth largest Asian American subgroup in the U.S., and the U.S. is the second largest country with home of Korean immigrants and their descendants after China. Out of 1.7 million Korean Americans, 1.1 million were born outside of U.S.

Unfortunately, Koreans and our lives are not well understood because data sources that can represent Koreans are scarce. Often, large-scale surveys are conducted in languages other than Korean and include very few Koreans in the data set. Hence, the policy is limited in incorporating our needs and aspirations.

The purpose of our study is to collect data that will allow us to examine how Koreans, in particular, non-US-born Koreans, are doing with their health and life and how to improve data collection method with Koreans. Our goal is to collect data from a total of 800 individuals.

The data collection is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award Number: SES-1461470).  The principal investigator of this project is Dr. Sunghee Lee of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.