The ready availability of the East Asian cuisine is one reflection of the surge in the number of Korean-owned businesses — and Korean residents — in Allston. More than one-third of Boston’s Korean population lives in the Allston-Brighton. About 1,600 residents in Allston and Brighton are of Korean descent, according to the 2010 Census — a 54 percent increase from 2010. They say they are drawn to the neighborhood because of its affordability and proximity to numerous educational institutions.
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