Friday, July 22, 2011

Ethnic suburbs can isolate residents

When the ethnic communities grow so large, the immigrants who live in them have little need to learn English and take much longer to assimilate into U.S. culture. - - Donna Poisl

By: Liz Farmer | Examiner Staff Writer

When Korean-American Elizabeth S. Chong moved to Fairfax County in 1993, it was hard to find a taste of home.

"There were one or two Korean grocery stores, but they were small," she said. "Now there are lots -- and they're Walmart-sized."

That's a result of the growing concentration of Koreans in Fairfax County, especially in Annandale and Centreville. But the community can have its drawbacks -- some say the growing services for Koreans are keeping new immigrants isolated.
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