Podcast: The rise and fall of Korean dry cleaners
If you’ve worked from home during the pandemic, you probably haven’t used your local dry cleaner as much. Maybe you noticed a little bit more savings and thought, “Oh, cool.” But think about it: Your dry cleaner is run by people. If you’re in Southern California, most likely Korean immigrants. And if you’re not spending money, that means they’re not making it.
Today, we talk about the history of the Korean dry cleaner in the United States. How did people get into this business? And are their days of dominating it over?
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guest: L.A. Times San Gabriel Valley reporter Andrew J. Campa and Arroyo Cleaners owners Yoon Dong Kim and Stacy Kim
From the archives: Korean Americans move on to franchises