On May 15th, 2017, KACE commemorated the historical Los Angeles Riots by hosting a symposium for the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots at the Arcola Korean United Methodist Church (아콜라 연합감리교회) in Paramus, New Jersey.

April 29, 1992 is known as “Sa-I-Gu”, and a turning point in Korean American history. Our community’s lack of visibility and political power proved to be detrimental in the rioting that injured nearly 2,000 people and caused roughly $1 billion in damage, half of which was sustained by Korean-owned businesses. KACE was born in the ashes of the L.A. Riots, as we the Korean-American community across the nation came to realize the reality of our community during and after the riots.

Together we reflected on the historical impact of the L.A. Riots, and discussed the role and identity of the Korean American community. In today’s uncertainty, the need for our voice, visibility, and action is more critical than ever. From eliminating barriers to participation to providing a platform for consistent civic engagement, we have made quite a progress together over the past two decades. In memory of the L.A. Riots, we invite you to reflect on the pain that gave birth to Korean America.

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