Eric Kumasaka of Kent, WA asks:
This question is for Ms. Oh.
After the '92 riot in South Central L.A., has there been an improvement in relations between blacks and Koreans?
Can you give any examples of programs/organizations that have been successful in mediating the conflict between these two groups?
Since the spring of 1992, relations between Koreans and African Americans
have improved in some situations and have not in others. For the small
immigrant store owners, I do not see many shining examples of improved
relations. For teens, I do see some effort being made to provide leadership
training through non-profits such as the Korean Youth and Community
Center and the Korean American Coalition. There are also some relatively
new institutional efforts being taken up by the City and County of Los
Angeles through their human relations commissions. There are also some
grass roots efforts that reflect collaboration such as the Committee
for a Civil Society in Los Angeles, which is doing cultural exchange
programs among the two communities. [Next