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Claxtons Korean connection
Poultry helps build immigrant community in Statesboro
Korean Pastor Family Web
Rev. Barnabas Myoung Choi, pastor of the Korean Mission of Statesboros First Baptist Church, and his family will be leaving this week for his new job as senior associate pastor of Seoul Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. - photo by Special to the Herald
Over the past six years, several hundred South Koreans have found a gateway to their American dream through a job — for a least one family member — at a chicken processing plant in Claxton. With few if any exceptions, the families have become part of Statesboro’s burgeoning Korean community, at least for the year or so that the employees commute the 20 miles down U.S. 301 to Claxton Poultry. The peak year so far for the poultry plant’s Korean connection, 2011, has brought growth both in one church’s Korean ministry and in the demand for English courses in Statesboro.
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