In 2022, So Yun Um, a Korean American filmmaker, released her documentary Liquor Store Dreams. The film is an intimate portrait of two Korean American children of liquor store owners who set out to bridge generational divides with their immigrant parents and reckon with the legacy of the LA Uprisings.
So and Danny Park, owner of Skid Row People’s Market, are taking Liquor Store Dreams to private screenings, community events, and speaking engagements to change minds, heal from our histories, and build community. Their goals are to hold discussions on topics like combating anti-Blackness in Asian American communities, tackle difficult intergenerational conversations, and address generational divides between first and second generation immigrants.
2022 marked the 30 year anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings. Thirty years later, and three years after the 2020 uprisings for Black lives, protests against racial violence and police brutality are ongoing. 18 Million Rising, a digital-first national Asian American organization, partnered with Liquor Store Dreams to create this resource. We explore the 1992 LA Uprisings, some of the driving factors behind it, and the connected histories of Korean and Black Americans in Los Angeles.
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