In LA Rising: Korean Relations with Blacks and Latinos after Civil Unrest, UCLA Anthropology Professor Kyeyoung Park revisits the 1992 Los Angeles unrest and provides a deep dive of the interrelations between minority groups. She provides a comprehensive examination of how race, class citizenship, and culture impacted relations between multiple groups in South Los Angeles. This is an important read as many of the past issues examined are still relevant today.
0:04 – Intro
0:53 – What is the main argument/contribution of the book?
5:09 – How did racial cartography allow you to examine relations between Korean, Black, and Latino populations?
10:09 – How does your book add to and/or challenge the narratives around the 1992 civil unrest?
13:00 – How does the book connect with current unrest related to police brutality?
15:34 – Why should someone read/assign this book?
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hortly before midnight on Saturday, 37 campus leaders, including the presidents of the undergraduate and graduate student associations, joined together to send a message to the UCLA community expressing their collective anger, sadness and solidarity.”
In addition, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences Darnell Hunt has recently been quoted when providing his expert insight on the nationwide protests against racism and injustice by several media outlets. Check out those articles below the statement.
To the Campus Community:
Across the country, people are horrified by the recent killings of three African Americans: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. We share that outrage. And these are only a few of the most recent deaths to cause particular anguish amongst those who for too long have endured cruelty after cruelty, indignity after indignity.
What stood out about the killing of George Floyd — more than its senselessness, more than its brutality – was its casualness. What was so chilling was the relaxed demeanor of a police officer — sworn to protect and to serve — his hands calmly in his pockets, kneeling on the neck of a fellow human being, indifferent to his cries of pain and the fear for his life. Equally harrowing was his three fellow officers who stood there and did not recognize the need to intervene in a life or death situation. All these behaviors reflected the utter dehumanization of Black life.
We must never let that indifference to human suffering become our own. We must never deaden our hearts to the pain of others. Our fundamental values demand that we care.
At UCLA, we believe deeply that equity, respect and justice are central to the character of our institution, to the health of our democracy and to the well-being of our world. Still, we recognize that UCLA also can and must do better. As campus leaders, we recommit ourselves to ensuring that our policies and actions value the lives, safety and dignity of every Bruin.
We have begun the process of coordinating virtual reflection spaces for departments and units, where we can come together to try and process what has happened. With assistance from the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the university’s Equity Advisors, we are also trying to share ways we can honestly and humbly acknowledge the pain and search for solutions. This includes working with student government leaders to understand and address the needs of our students. Our efforts will be updated on the Resources for Racial Trauma web page as we push forward to deeper understanding and genuine change.
We conclude by stating unequivocally that Black lives DO matter. They matter at UCLA. They matter in Minnesota. They matter everywhere.
Gene D. Block Chancellor
Emily A. Carter Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Michael Meranze Chair, Academic Senate
Michael J. Beck Administrative Vice Chancellor
Gregg Goldman Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Monroe Gorden, Jr. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Jerry Kang Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Michael S. Levine Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel
John Mazziotta Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences CEO, UCLA Health
Louise C. Nelson Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
Mary Osako Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
Rhea Turteltaub Vice Chancellor for External Affairs
Roger Wakimoto Vice Chancellor for Research
Yolanda J. Gorman Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Chief of Staff
Dan Guerrero The Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics
Antonio E. Bernardo Dean, Anderson School of Management
Ronald S. Brookmeyer Dean, Fielding School of Public Health
Eric Bullard Dean, Continuing Education and UCLA Extension
Miguel A. García-Garibay Dean, Division of Physical Sciences
Robin L. Garrell Vice Provost, Graduate Education Dean, Graduate Division
Darnell M. Hunt Dean, Division of Social Sciences
Brian Kite Interim Dean, School of Theater, Film and Television
Paul H. Krebsbach Dean, School of Dentistry
Kelsey Martin Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine
Jennifer L. Mnookin Dean, School of Law
Jayathi Y. Murthy Dean, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Linda Sarna Dean, School of Nursing
Gary M. Segura Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs
David Schaberg Dean, Division of Humanities
Victoria Sork Dean, Division of Life Sciences
Brett Steele Dean, School of the Arts and Architecture
Eileen Strempel Dean, The Herb Alpert School of Music
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Dean, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Pat Turner Senior Dean, College Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Tony Lee Chief of UCLA Police Department
Naomi Riley President, Undergraduate Students Association
Jean Paul Santos President, Graduate Students Association
Dean Darnell Hunt was interviewed in the following articles/podcasts (click links):
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On May 19, 2020, UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, and Ong and Associates (an economic and policy analysis consulting firm) issued the brief, “Struggling to Stay Home: How COVID-19 Shelter in Place Policies Affect Los Angeles County’s Black and Latino Neighborhoods.” It aims to support policies and programs that address inequities facing those in neighborhoods where compliance with shelter-in-place is difficult and to provide guidance for public officials as California rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic. The study finds that more than 2 in 5 Blacks and Latinos in Los Angeles County face high burdens from the county’s shelter-in-place rules. These communities are seen to be densely populated with restricted access to open spaces and limited access to food.
The research brief provides five core recommendations for Los Angeles city officials and other jurisdictions with burdened populations:
Expand COVID-19 testing with a focus on neighborhoods who face the highest risk sheltering in place.
Provide transportation assistance and add personal care resources like hand sanitizer at bus stops.
Expand paid leave options for low-wage workers or employees in the service sector to discourage people from going to work when they feel sick.
Increase food assistance.
Expand high-speed internet access and social safety net to include more relief, including Medi-Cal, childcare and early childhood education programs, by expanding eligibility and elongating the benefit period.
This brief is the third in a series of research papers examining the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neighborhoods in L.A. County. Previous research papers found that Asian-American and Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles County were most vulnerable due to the pandemic’s impact on the retail and service sectors, and Latino neighborhoods were less likely to receive the individual rebate under the CARES Act.