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20 Years Ago: A Look Back at the Los Angeles Riots

May 3 2012

Highbrow Magazine

Editor’s Note: The following commentary is written by Stewart Kwoh, the president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the nation’s largest Asian-American legal and civil rights organization that serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations each year.

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Obama urges Americans to learn Asian contributions to US

May 3 2012

Asian Journal

Commemmorates May Asian American Heritage month

To commemorate Asian American Heritage Month, President Obama is urging all Americans to learn more about the history and contributions of this group.

“This month, we reflect on the indelible ways AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities have shaped our national life,” the president said in a statement on May 1.

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Asian-American community grows 50 percent in a decade

May 2 2012

89.3 KPCC

The Census Bureau has new data on the country's Asian-American population, and they confirm that the community is far more diverse than most people think.

Demographer Dan Ichinose, a member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, says that while some Asian groups (particularly mainland Chinese and Koreans) have done well economically, that's not the case across the board.

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KCET Local Hero: Stewart Kwoh

May 1 2012


"To seek justice for the mistreated, create a stronger voice for disenfranchised Asian Americans and others, and build a united, multi-racial community - that is my passion."

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Campaigns to qualify new citizens are rolling out across Texas

May 1 2012

The Dallas Morning News

GARLAND — Just in time for presidential elections in November, citizenship campaigns are rolling out for foreign-born residents who want to fully and finally bridge the distance between their birthplace and their adopted U.S.A.

Organizer Connie Choi, a staff attorney with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, called the illegal-immigration proposals “the modern-day version of the Chinese Exclusion Act” of 1882.

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Beyond May Day and marches, an evolving immigrant rights movement

May 1 2012

89.3 KPCC

As an immigrant rights marchers wind their way through downtown Los Angeles this afternoon in one of a series of rallies tied to May Day in L.A. and throughout the country, today marks the sixth anniversary of a historic event that drew hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the city’s streets.

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Riot Victims Remembered at Saigu Memorial

Apr 30 2012


Edward James Olmos speaks at a diverse gathering at a Korean-American church -- one of the most heavily attended events marking the 20th anniversary of the LA riots. The names of people killed appeared on a screen during the event. Toni Guinyard reports Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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Could the LA Riots Happen Again?

Apr 27 2012

New America Media-Asian

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest – or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) -- the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King. Fifty-four individuals died during the six days of unrest. Another 2,400 were injured. Businesses were looted and destroyed, resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage. About half of the damage occurred to Korean-owned businesses.

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Media Advisory — Census Bureau Hosts Forum on Asian Population

Apr 26 2012

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a forum with the Asian American Justice Center on the Asian population at the Rayburn House Office Building. This event will highlight statistics from the American Community Survey and 2010 Census, providing a portrait of the Asian population in the U.S. Following the presentation, an expert panel will discuss the statistics and their implications.


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Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

Apr 24 2012

89.3 KPCC

During the riots that followed the acquittal, many Koreans throughout the Los Angeles area rushed to Koreatown after Korean-language radio stations called for volunteers to guard against rioters. Many of the Korean responders were armed with guns and improvised weapons. In the end, five Korean merchants were killed, others were wounded, and several stores were looted.

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