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.
Last year, I blogged about “Good Luck Soup“, a film and transmedia project seeking crowd-sourced funding. I’m delighted to hear today from project founder Matthew Hashiguchi that after raising over $15,000 from the community, “Good Luck Soup” is now live at GoodLuckSoup.com.
The project’s name comes from “a traditional Japanese soup containing a variety of mochi, vegetables, and seafood that is served with friends and family every Oshogatsu, or New Years Day, to ensure a year of prosperity and good fortune”. “Good Luck Soup” seeks to create a digital version of good luck soup by collecting and documenting the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian experience before, during, and after World War II for future preservation and inspiration.