In the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, the emperor stuck it to the czar. Japan tightened its grip on the Korean peninsula, and Korean refugees flooded Primorsky, the Russian maritime province to the north. Eventually, some transmigrated to far-off Uzbekistan and obtained work in the vast cotton fields. I can almost hear them singing, "Way down upon the Surxondaryo River, far, far away." The trickle became a tidal wave in 1937 as the Koreans remaining in Primorsky, now deemed dangerous by Stalin, were resettled in Central Asia. Today, an estimated 257,000 live in Uzbekistan, constituting a small but influential 1 percent of the population. For most, Russian is now... More >>>