Taiwanese American director Justin Lin will direct the upcoming film “L.A. Riots,” centered on the 1992 riots following the acquittal of the four officers associated with the Rodney King beating. (Check out our comprehensive oral history of the riots here).
Deadline Hollywood reports the idea for the film originally came from the mind of Spike Lee, who is known for his work on films like Do the Right Thing that deal with the racial and cultural balance of urban communities. But after Lee broke with Universal “L.A. Riots” was left without a director.
Here’s a great photo essay from Reuters photographer Hyungwon Kang.
During the dangerous and unpredictable riots, I too came close to becoming a victim several times. A man with a baseball bat chased me down when I tried to document people looting during the first night. My car was hit with bricks and beer bottles when I drove through Florence & Normandie where other drivers and journalists weren’t so lucky to escape without injuries. My wife was terrified not knowing where I was during the first three days and nights of the riots.
Young Ok Lee’s store, a neighborhood institution, survived the riots. Now amid the thriving, hip Koreatown, she still serves the other Koreatown of immigrants, working-class families and mom and pop stores.
Rappers Recap April 2012: What are your thoughts on Sa I Gu (April 29), the LA Riots? Gumship
Dumbfoundead I grew up in Ktown all my life and I remember the riots. It’s been 20 years and sadly the relationship between black and Asians aren’t that much different. although LA is diverse its really segregated.
20th Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots Observed UCR Today
The 1992 Los Angeles riots fundamentally changed how Korean Americans view themselves and their role in local politics and multiethnic, multiracial coalitions. Scholars and community activists will examine the social, political and cultural implications of the riots in a daylong conference on April 28. The event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest.
The conference, “Confronting Sa-I-Gu: 20 Years After Koreatown Burned,” will begin at 9 a.m. at the Garden Suites Hotel in Koreatown, 681 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. Sa-I-Gu means “4-29” and refers to the day that rioting began. Registration is $20. Student registration is $10. Contact Carol Park at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the event.
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