Legacy Project: SaIGu LA Riots – Han Sung Chang

Category: Legacy Project, Original Video, SaIGu LA Riots, Video


In 1991, Han Sung Chang joined a youth group that provided protection services to Korean Americans, especially shop owners who were most at risk when they closed their shops at night. This group rapidly expanded from 24 members to over 360 members shortly after SaIGu started. In the absence of any intervention from the police and fire department, the youth group began to move out to protect Koreatown and the community. Reflecting on the events of the LA riots, Han Sung calls for the Korean American community to unite as one, in order to prevent tragedies of a similar kind.