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The fight to keep Korean businesses in L.A.

The fight to keep Korean businesses in L.A.

When Daejae Kim arrived in Los Angeles three decades ago, he took his first step into the apparel business in downtown's fashion district, where a budding Korean entrepreneurial community was beginning to take hold. His wife got a job as a store clerk. He peddled textiles. Eventually, they built their own wholesale and manufacturing business selling trendy women's clothing. Today, Korean businesses represent at least a third — and possibly half — of the businesses in the garment district, generating at least $10 billion in annual revenues and providing 20,000 jobs, according to the Korean American Apparel Manufacturers Assn. And now Kim and other Korean American...

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