Policy Analyst at Community Health Councils
Los Angeles, CA
Can you explain your identity?
What do you know about what happened in 1992 in Los Angeles?
I officially moved to Los Angeles as a resident a year ago but I have had family out here since the 90s. I have always been familiar with the Korean immigrant community in Orange County in mostly Cerritos and Buena Park due to my family. I wasn’t familiar with the uprising until I learned about it and related it to the stories of the lives of my classmates from the south side of Chicago who I went to high school with. They were unfortunately very similar situations and this is where I began to learn about institutional racism in my family experiences in LA, Chicago and New York.
The most comparable story was similar to the injustice for mass incarcerations of young, unarmed black men in the south side of Chicago, also the inner gang violence activity and the pain and trauma in our community. A lot of times, the victims of the violence were children and so we would hear the stories through my peers and that was my early introduction to this type of situation. In my South East Asian community, I think we felt unfairly judged by the color of our skin. It is something that I continue to hear from my elders and the conflicts within the Asian communities and how they feel about how they are judged.