“We bring Korean culture and ambiance to the Twin Cities,” Hoban Korean BBQ states. The stark, crisp, modern interior is in sharp contrast to the plywood-covered exterior of a restaurant that shortly after it reopened was the setting of a drive-by shooting. In the early 1970s, Korean immigrants settled in Minnesota for educational and professional development, and that number now stands at around 16,000 people. At the same time, some Minnesota families embraced Korean adoptions, strengthening the state’s ties to Korea through organizations such as The Korean Institute of Minnesota and the Korean American Association of Minnesota. Direct flights to Seoul are evidence of the MN-Korea growing business partnerships with medical companies such as the Mayo Clinic and Faribault and Rice County. Lessons on how the Korean COVID-19 outbreak was effectively contained within a month will also come handy.