Memoir Illuminates Korean American Experience


Carol K. Park’s “Memoir of a Cashier” is set against the backdrop of the L.A. Riots. When the Los Angeles Riots began April 29, 1992, 12-year-old Carol K. Park was working weekends in her mother’s gas station in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Park, a researcher at the UCR, filmmaker, and former award-winning journalist, recalls the “melting pot of violence and discrimination” she experienced in her youth in “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots.” The book, released this month, is published by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UCR.

In the wake of continuing racial violence, “it’s important to continue the discussion and foster understanding through dialogue and publications such as this book,” said Edward T. Chang, director of the YOK Center and professor of ethnic studies at UCR. “The story of the Korean American experience before, during, and after the L.A. Riots, as told through Carol’s memoir, offers a platform for us to continue the discourse on race relations and ethnic identity. This is a significant story to tell, especially as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots. The YOK Center is proud to publish this book.”  Read the full article.

Ventura Fault Could Cause Stronger Shaking, New Research Finds

Photo by Funning Lab, UCR

The Ventura-Pitas Point fault in southern California has been the focus of a lot of recent attention by seismologists because it is thought to be capable of magnitude 8 earthquakes. It underlies the city of Ventura and runs offshore – and, thus, may be capable of generating tsunamis.

In a recently published paper in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers used computer modeling to assess the fault’s structure.

“Our models confirm that the Ventura-Pitas Point fault is a major fault, that lies flat under much of the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara,” said Gareth Funning, an associate professor of geophysics at UCR, one of the authors of the study. “This means that a potential source of large earthquakes is just a few miles beneath the ground in those cities. We would expect very strong shaking if one occurred.”

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