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L.A. riot anniversary discussion at UCR

L.A. riot anniversary discussion at UCR

(April 10, 2001)

K.W. Lee, former editor of the Korea Times, will discuss the 1992 Los Angeles riots and lessons learned from the event at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the International Lounge at the University of California, Riverside.

His talk will be part of the panel discussion "Beyond Tribalism: Building a New Majority," which observes the ninth anniversary of the civil unrest triggered by the not guilty verdict in the trial of police officers videotaped beating Rodney King. The panel discussion, expected to last until 4 p.m., is open to the public free of charge.

Lee, who served as editor of the English edition of the Korea Times in Los Angeles during the riots, was awarded the 1992 John Anson Ford Award by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in recognition of his work to promote intergroup relations through journalism. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a reporter for the Sacramento Union. In 1997, he was inducted into the News History Gallery in the Newseum, a national museum of journalism in Arlington, Va.

Also participating in the panel discussion will be Ralph Crowder and Armando Navarro, both UCR associate professors of ethnic studies. Serving as moderator will be Edward Chang, UCR associate professor of ethnic studies and co-author of the book "Ethnic Peace in the American City: Building Community in Los Angeles and Beyond." The book examined the community healing that followed the riots as well as coalition building between racial and ethnic groups in other communities.

Maps and directions to events at UCR are available at information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Daytime visitor parking is $6 per vehicle.

Additional information is available from the UCR Ethnic Studies department at (909) 787-4577.

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