Legacy Project: SaIGu LA Riots – Jinho Lee

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Jinho Lee, journalist at Radio Korea (KBLA-AM 1580) in 1992, recalls how Radio Korea became a makeshift command center during the LA riots. Korean Americans called the radio for help, information, and resources, after realizing there was no response from the police and fire department. Jinho believes that the root issue behind the LA riots was that the government neglected South Central LA, but is hopeful that people have learned from their mistakes. He urges Korean Americans to continue to become educated and involved in politics, and to learn from the Black community how to have a strong voice.