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Old 11-13-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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I am 34. Korean-American who work for a municipality in Maryland. I am a U.S. citizen. I don't want to live in the lower 48s, and I can't go back to Korea. Going back to Korea is not that simple simply because I am Korean by birth. I am considering what seems to be a gigantic move to Alaska in about 3 to 4 years time. Maybe the sooner the better and faster I will meet my fate. I am currently in IT field. In about 3 to 4 years, I can put down close to 10 years of field experience in IT. I think I am smart enough to have faired this much in local government in Maryland, and I think I can work up in Alaska if anyone will hire me. I would prefer government sector than private sector.

I think, #1 problem is that I know no one in Alaska. #2 problem may be my hope or misconception for a better life up there. (People say some Koreans come to America to look for a better life, but now an Americanized Korean, as myself, wants to go to Alaska to look for a better life. Yes, I am totally familiar with the "reality check" in life.)

I think once I get there I should be ok. I would like to find a job before the move if at all possible, and if that doesn't happen the move never take place.

Anyone and everyone, please give me your suggestions for moving to Alaska. What should be my starting point?

I don't want to sound bigoted, but I also need to know what the Asian community (which includes Alaska natives, American Indians, and other Asian Americans) is like up there. Many thanks.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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With that much experience in IT you will probably not have any problem getting a job. I'm not Asian and so am not in the community, but I feel that there is an active Asian community here. Here is a link about the New Sagaya Grocery store. It is a going concern and caters to Asians...there must be a need for it New Sagaya's Midtown Market, 3700 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK on Yahoo! Local

There are a lot of Alaska Natives here...obviously. But I'm not sure they consider themselves part of the Asian community.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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There is a large Korean community here in Bethel. From what I've noticed is that they help themselves first and the rest of the community second. I don't recall them helping the community in anyway. I like the Koreans. Like any other race, theres the few of them that make them look bad and gives them a black eye.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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There are a lot of Alaska Natives here...obviously. But I'm not sure they consider themselves part of the Asian community.
Agreed. Although distantly there could be some Asian heritage in certain native bloodlines, it would have to be really distant- like prior to crossing the Behring land bridge distant.
Juneau has a large and active Filipino community- not sure if you consider that Asian or not.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:03 AM
 
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Korean Community of Anchorage Inc

Address: 1204 West 33rd Avenue , Anchorage , AK 99503
Telephone: (907)561-5345
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