Editor’s Note: This article from April 2012 is reprinted with permission from KoreAm Journal (http://iamkoream.com/april-issue-k-w-lee-challenges-the-grandchildren-of-the-la-riots). Twenty springs ago this month, for three days and nights South Central L.A. and the neighboring Koreatown burned, choked and wailed. Come April 29, it’s that awful déjà vu time again, when I, as one-time editor of the lone English […]

Could the LA Riots happen again?

April 29 marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest ? or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) ? the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King. Fifty-four individuals died during the […]

Reflecting on diversity in video games through the LA Riots

Editor’s Note: An edited version of this post was published in the May 4, 2012 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Who here remembers the Los Angeles Riots of ‘92? I certainly don’t. I was 4 (and now you feel old). LA burned following the acquittal of the four police officers charged in the beating […]

LOOKING BACK IN AWE: Living dangerously in America’s own killing fields

With the 20th anniversary of the April 29, 1992 LA Riots just around the corner, it’s d’j? vu again. On sobering reflection, I dare say that our Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-2-9) didn’t explode on that date. Long before the greatest urban upheaval in modern America, hardy Korean mom and pop storekeepers, along with their long-suffering […]