Sa-I-Gu: The Los Angeles Uprisings 25 Years Later Witnessing the Past, Envisioning our Future



 On April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted four LAPD officers of all charges stemming from the filmed beating of Rodney King. Following the verdict, Los Angeles erupted into nearly a week of unprecedented civil unrest.

While these events shook the entire city, they disproportionately impacted African American, Korean American and Latino communities. Although commonly referred to as the “Los Angeles Riots,” this period is also remembered as the Los Angeles Uprisings and Sa-I-Gu (literally “April 29” in Korean).

Please join us as we examine this historic event from multiple perspectives. Discussions will include community retrospectives, contemporary analyses and forward-thinking dialogue that contemplates the future of Los Angeles.

Friday, April 28, 2017

11 am – 5:15 pm: Panels, Keynote, and CrossCheck Live
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Reception
7:15 pm – 9 pm: Embrace Unity Dinner

Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

RSVP Link for Panels, Keynote, and CrossCheck Live:



Panel One: Looking Backward
11:00am to 12:15pm


Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA


Marta Arévalo, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Rumi Reza Abdul Cader, Associate Professor, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and co-founder UMMA Community Clinic
Darnell Hunt, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA
Grace Lee, Documentary Filmmaker and Project Director of ‘Ktown 92’

Luncheon Keynote Address
12:30pm to 1:45pm

Taeku Lee, Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Berkeley

Panel Two: A Contemporary Look
2:00pm to 3:15pm


Chon Noriega, Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media and Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA


Funmilola Fagbamila, Adjunct Professor of Pan African Studies, California State University, LA
Olufemi Taiwo, Graduate Student, UCLA Department of Philosophy
Carol Park, Author, “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots”
Saúl Sarabia, Director, Solidarity Consulting and former director UCLA Law Critical Race Studies
Amanda Susskind, Southwest Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

Panel Three: Looking Forward (CrossCheck Live)
3:30pm to 5:15pm


Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, and Korea Times Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair, UCLA
Devon Carbado, Associate Vice Chancellor for BruinX – Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA


Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life and Founder, All of Us or None – Southern California
Councilman Gil Cedillo, Central LA, Koreatown, Northeast LA (Council District 1)
Edward Taehan Chang, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Founder of Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies, UC Riverside
Guadalupe Chavez, Director of Programs, Dignity and Power Now
Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, South Los Angeles (Council District 8)
Lisa Hasegawa, former Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Do Kim, President, KW Lee Center for Leadership
Esther Lee, Co-Founder and Former Vice Chair, Council of Korean Americans (invited)
Connie Rice, Founder, Advancement Project Los Angeles (invited)
Councilman David Ryu, Hollywood, Silverlake, Southeast San Fernando Valley (Council District 4)
Marques Vestal, Graduate Student, UCLA Department of History
Eric Wat, Author, “The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles”

Book Signings
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Susan Burton, ‘Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight against Mass Incarceration’
Carol Park, ‘Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots’


African American Policy Forum
All of Us or None – Southern California
Anti-Defamation League – Pacific Southwest Region
California Community Foundation (invited)
Central American Resource Center
Council of Korean Americans
Dignity and Power Now
KW Lee Center for Leadership
Los Angeles Urban League (invited)
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (invited)
Muslim Public Affairs Council
UCLA Institute of American Cultures
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (and Flash Point 2017 – Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising)
University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic (invited) 
Valley Jewish Community Center (invited)