Program and Sponsors


Friday, April 28, 2017
Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

➡ View the video-recordings of all of the panels from this event. You can also view the individual panel video-recordings by clicking on the panel titles below.

Panel One: Looking Backward
11:00am to 12:15pm


Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA


Marta Arévalo, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Rumi Reza Abdul Cader, Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCLA and Co-Founder, University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic
Edward Taehan Chang, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Founder of Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies, UC Riverside
Grace Lee, Documentary Filmmaker and Project Director of ‘Ktown 92’
Walter Thompson-Hernández, Graduate Student, UCLA Chicana/o Studies Department

Luncheon Keynote Address
12:30pm to 1:45pm

Taeku Lee, Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Berkeley

Panel Two: A Contemporary Look
2:00pm to 3:15pm


Chon Noriega, Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media and Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA


Funmilola Fagbamila, Adjunct Professor of Pan African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
Carol Park, Author, “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots”
Alexandra Suh, Executive Director, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
Amanda Susskind, Pacific Southwest Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
Olufemi Taiwo, Graduate Student, UCLA Department of Philosophy

Panel Three:  Looking Forward (CrossCheck Live)
3:30pm to 5:15pm


Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, and Korea Times Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair, UCLA
Devon Carbado, Associate Vice Chancellor for BruinX – Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA


Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life and Founder, All of Us or None – Southern California
Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Central LA, Koreatown, Northeast LA (Council District 1)
Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, South Los Angeles (Council District 8)
Lisa Hasegawa, Activist-in-Residence Fellow, UCLA and Former Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Darnell Hunt, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA
Mark-Anthony Johnson, Director of Health and Wellness and Interim Campaigns Director, Dignity and Power Now
Do Kim, President, KW Lee Center for Leadership
Esther Lee, Co-Founder and Board Officer, Council of Korean Americans
Councilmember David Ryu, Hollywood, Silverlake, Southeast San Fernando Valley (Council District 4)
Saúl Sarabia, Director, Solidarity Consulting and Former Director, UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Program
Marques Vestal, Graduate Student, UCLA Department of History
Eric Wat, Author, “The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles”

Book Signings
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Susan Burton, ‘Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight against Mass Incarceration
Carol Park, ‘Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots


African American Policy Forum
All of Us or None – Southern California
Anti-Defamation League – Pacific Southwest Region
California Community Foundation
Central American Resource Center
Council of Korean Americans
Dignity and Power Now
Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Korean American Studies and Law
KW Lee Center for Leadership
Muslim Public Affairs Council
UCLA Institute of American Cultures
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (and Flash Point 2017 – Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising)
University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic 
Valley Jewish Community Center

For general details on the event, please visit the main event website.
For information on other events marking the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings, please visit our “25 Years After the Fires” page.
For students wishing to submit artwork exploring themes related to Sa-I-Gu/The Los Angeles Uprisings, please visit our “Student Art Competition” page.

Updated: May 24, 2017