Grant to Korean American Center for Conference
The Korea Foundation has awarded $20,000 to UC Riverside’s Young Oak Kim (YOK) Center for Korean American Studies to support an April 28 symposium on the 20th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest that devastated Koreatown in Los Angeles.

The YOK Center is leading the Sa-I-Gu Consortium that is hosting the conference, which will examine the social, political and cultural implications of the riots and evaluate the future of Koreatown. Sa-I-Gu means “4-29” in Korean, and refers to the day that the rioting began. The daylong event will be held at the Garden Suites Hotel in Koreatown.

“The 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest was a turning point for Korean Americans,” said Edward Chang, director of the YOK Center. “It’s important for us to remember and learn from events like these so that we can move forward and not continue to make the same mistakes that ignited the riots in 1992.”

“Confronting Sa-I-Gu: 20 Years After Koreatown Burned,” will feature as speakers Chang; former Los Angeles Times reporter Connie Kang; Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Deputy Emile Mack; president/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California Rev. Eric P. Lee; executive director of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance Alexandra Suh; and executive director of the Korean American Coalition Grace Yoo.

For more information, contact Chang at

Emeritus is Named Editor
Carlos Cortés, professor emeritus of history, has been named general editor of Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, to be published in 2013 by Sage. The four-volume work will be available in print and online, and will consist of 950 entries covering a variety of topics on race and ethnicity in the United States, including individual ethnic groups; their representation in the 2010 U.S. census; important historical events; ethnic and popular culture; and the history of and contemporary issues concerning race and ethnicity, including major court decisions.