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Sa-I-Gu

Explores the embittering effect the Rodney King verdict rebellion had on a group of Korean American women shopkeepers. It underscores the shattering of the American Dream while taking the media to task for playing up the "Korean-Black" aspect of the rioting. This film provides a perspective that is essential to discussions of the L.A. riots, ethnic relations, and racism in the United States. Includes interviews with the filmakers Elaine Kim and Christine Choy. 41 min.

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Related web sites:
Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Reviews and articles:
Choy, Christine; Kim, Elaine; Sil, Dai; Gibson, Kim. "Sa-I-Gu. (short Story)" (movie reviews) Amerasia Journal v19, n2 (Spring, 1993):161 (3 pages).
Gateward, Frances. "Breaking the Silences: An Interview with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson." Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 20(2):99-110. 2003 Apr-June Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only
James, David. "Tradition And The Movies: The Asian American Avant-Garde In Los Angeles." Journal of Asian American Studies 1999 2(2): 157-180. Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only