Legacy Project: SaIGu LA Riots – Richard Choi

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


Richard Choi is the current vice chairman of Radio Korea, and was the vice president of Radio Korea in 1992. He recalls the shift in mindset during the LA riots: from one of survival to one of protecting Koreatown and the community. He explains the central role that Radio Korea had during SaIGu and beyond: receiving and relaying information related to emergencies, fires, and looting during a time described as being “like a war zone.”

The process of setting up a temporary FEMA center beautifully illustrates how the many different parts of the Korean American community came together during a time of crisis to support and serve one another.