Symposium Explores Race Relations 20 Years after Los Angeles Riots

The April 25 event at UC Riverside will include the premier of a documentary film produced by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies.

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Symposium to focus on race relations.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Race relations and the importance of coalition-building since Los Angeles erupted in violence 20 years ago will be discussed in a symposium at UC Riverside on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 2 p.m. in HUB 302.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $6.

“Riots, Uprisings and Unfinished Business” will feature Angela Oh, an attorney who has served on select commissions and boards, including the Federal Judicial Nominations Committee, the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the Central District of California, and the California Commission on Access to Justice. She currently serves on the boards of Washington, D.C.-based Women’s Policy Inc. and the Western Justice Center Foundation.

A film written by UC Riverside alumna Carol Kwang Park (MFA creative writing 2011), “The 1992 LA Riots: Reflections on Our Future,” will premiere at the event. Park and Edward Chang, professor and director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UCR, are the executive producers.

Chang said the event is intended to revisit and reconnect students with events and conditions leading up to the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest, which began April 29 after the acquittal of four white and Hispanic Los Angeles police officers in the beating of a black motorist. A total of 53 people died, thousands more were injured, and damage to businesses – particularly those owned by Korean and other Asian immigrants – and other property topped $1 billion before the violence ended on May 4.

“We also hope to use this event as an opportunity to launch continuing dialogue amongst our students and UCR’s diverse communities about how to work together to address conditions all our communities face,” he said. “Although aspects of this work are already in progress, this event might be a good way to make additional progress in discussions that have already begun.”

For more information contact the YOK Center at (951) 827-5661.

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Additional Contacts

Edward Chang
Tel: (951) 827-1825
E-mail: edward.chang@ucr.edu

Carol Kwang Park
Tel: (951) 827-5661
E-mail: carol.park@ucr.edu

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