Sa-I-Ro: the Space In Between

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Park, Michelle

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The 1992 race riots in Los Angeles brought racial tensions that were brewing under the fabric of society up to the surface. While a flurry of discussions in the media concerning the event had predominantly focused on the clash of Black and white perspectives, the stories of Korean Americans who were entwined somewhere sa-i-ro (or “in between”) this multifaceted conflict were often lost in translation or rife with misunderstanding. This paper aims to give deeper insight into how pivotal the era of the 1992 race riots in Los Angeles, especially the racial-cultural dynamics that existed within it, were to the morphosis of the Korean American identity and how it also played a role in awakening consciousness about Korean American representation in American society.


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