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Korean American History • Social Movements • Los Angeles History • American Studies • Criminal Justice Studies • Race, Culture & Ethnic Studies • African American Studies • Latinx Studies
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Date of Completion: 2017 | Run Time: 15 minutes | Language: English | Captions: No | Includes: Transcript | Director: Grace Lee | Producers: Grace Lee & Eurie Chung
When the LA riots/uprising/civil unrest exploded in 1992 following the acquittal of four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, images of destruction beamed across the globe with little context as to why these events had occurred. TV news focused on African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans as both victims and perpetrators of violence, and footage of the “first multicultural riots” locked each group within a stereotype. K-TOWN 92 shares the reflections of Hector Tobar, Tammerlin Drummond, and John Lee, who in 1992, were young reporters of color covering the civil unrest for the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-five years later, they revisit the sites, stories and impressions of those tumultuous events and reflect on the media coverage they helped to create. In this film, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee asks viewers to consider whose voices get to tell the story of the Los Angeles uprising.