6 Questions for “April’s Way”, A New Short Film on Korean American Shopkeepers During The LA Riots

Screen capture from "April's Way". (Photo Credit: April's Way)
Tom T. Choi in a scene from “April’s Way”. (Photo Credit: April’s Way)

In 1992, the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who savagely beat motorist Rodney King sparked one of the largest race riots in modern American history. For six days, protesters took to the streets in mass demonstrations over racial injustice, but the situation quickly devolved into looting and rioting resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage and the deaths of 53 people. Law enforcement responses were heavily criticized during and after the riots for focusing their attention on protecting affluent predominantly White suburbs while leaving areas inhabited predominantly by minorities to fend for themselves.

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