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  • By Cariño Casas
    Mar 5, 2017
    In 1992, I was a freshman in high school far from California, and the LA Riots were a TV news item we hoped would stay in Los Angeles. Carol Park takes you into the toxic atmosphere of 1990s south Los Angeles County just waiting for a spark to ignite the fuel-soaked air. But this insider's look isn't black or white or Latino. It's Korean. Park tells candidly of how the angry racism of the area infected her as a pre-teen while working at her mom's gas station in Compton, how watching and experiencing violence fed her bitterness toward other races. After surviving the LA Riots and traumatic injury, Park emerges with clearer eyes, seeing the humanity behind her slur-spewing customers and gaining respect for her mother's quiet, patient tenacity to make a living in a strange new world. As our nation again openly grapples with our racism problem, Park fills in some gaps to the history. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," George Santayana wrote. Park... More > does a fine job of documenting part of the American experience so we can learn, remember and grow as a society.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780998295701
Publisher
The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California Riverside
Published
February 1, 2017
Language
English
Pages
172
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.69 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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