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SA-I-GU: From Korean Women's Perspectives

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $150.00 Home use: $39.95
  • Date: Copyright 1993. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Korean Americans. Race relations. Los Angeles (Calif.) - Race relations.
  • Production Information: Live action, Stills. Produced by Christine Choy, Elaine Kim, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Christine Choy. Narrated by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. Color . Also available in 3/4 inch. Stereo. Includes Discussion guide. English, Korean. Subtitled. 36 min.
  • Available from: CrossCurrent Media 346 9th Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 552-9550
  • Cataloging: 305.8'957"073 Korean American women - California - Los Angeles - Interviews|| Riots - California - Los Angeles - 1992|| Los Angeles (Calif.) - Race relations
  • Print Entry #: 5:462
  • Reviewer: Paula C. Murphy

    This live-action documentary, which was broadcast nationally on PBS' "P.O.V." series, explores the April 1992 Los Angeles riots from the perspective of members of the Korean-American community three months after the event. With the exception of one interview with a young Korean-American man, the program consists of the little-heard thoughts and feelings of Korean-American women shopkeepers who owned many of the businesses destroyed in the violent aftermath of the Rodney King decision.

    Using news footage, family and newspaper photographs, and current footage of the Korean-American community in Los Angeles coupled with English subtitles and voice-over narration, the video allows these women to tell their stories of the riots, which they call SA-I-GU. Using both Korean and English, they talk about how they came to America to find the American Dream for themselves and their families. They recall what happened during the riots including how little police assistance they received. They report on their feelings toward the African-American community and how better relations could be built between the two races. They also discuss why they believe the government owes them compensation for their losses and why they demonstrate to make people aware of this. Throughout the piece there are funeral scenes, newspaper reports, and a sad mother's story about the death of an 18-year-old Korean-American boy, the only Korean fatality of the riots. This video is dedicated to him and to all of the 53 people who died during the riots.

    Technical aspects are very good. Sound and picture are professionally presented. Editing is well done. The visual and oral parts of the presentation are well matched. The music is subtle and enhances the piece. Special effects are also well executed. The English subtitles are clear and readable. Interviewees are sincere and believable. The news footage of the Korean community during the riots is unusual and well placed. Overall, the elements of the video reflect fine, quality work.

    SA-I-GU: From Korean Women's Perspectives is good for public, high school, and college and university library collections. It could be used in public library programs on current events, and would help high school and college students become sensitive to race relations and women's issues. The college or university researcher may also see this as good primary source material because of the original footage of the Korean-American community during the riots. It could also be used by those interested in community studies. Recommended to enhance collections with more general materials on the subjects covered.

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