Former L.A. Councilmember Mike Woo and 1992 Korean Militia President James Jong Min Kang on the state of Asian and African-American relations in Los Angeles post Latasha Harlins and the 1992 Civil Unrest
Born of out the L.A. 1992 Civil Unrest, KJLH-FM’s Front Page Show Celebrates 20 Years on Air and as Where Black Los Angeles Comes to Talk
*Inglewood, Calif. – Continuing its coverage and commemoration of the 1992 civil unrest, in an unprecedented conversation, former Los Angels City Councilmember Mike Woo and 1992 Korean Militia President James Jong Min Kang discussed the state of Asian and Black relations post Latasha Harlins and the 1992 Civil Unrest on Thursday, April 26 on KJLH-FM’s Front Page show.
James Jong Min Kang, was President of the Korean Militia in 1992 responsible for supplying local Korean business owners with guns to protect their businesses during the six day civil unrest that saw many Korean owned liquor stores, beauty supplies, and other businesses vandalized and burned down. Today, among his other leadership roles in the Korean-American community, Kang is President of the Slauson Swapmeet Merchants Association and the Korean American Business Association. A controversial South Los Angeles icon, the Slauson Swapmeet was protected by the National Guard during the 1992 civil unrest.
Of Chinese descent, Mike Woo was the first—and so far the only—Asian American on the Los Angeles City Council, from 1985 to 1993, being elected in Los Angeles City Council District 13.
Twenty years ago, Woo, was the City Council leader in a fight to oust Police Chief Daryl Gates in the wake of the beating of Rodney G. King by police officers.
Woo left his council seat in 1993 to run for mayor that year against Richard Riordan, who won in a victory marked by “deep racial divisions.” In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Woo and Bill Clinton, who was running for President, endorsed one another’s candidacies. Riordan garnered 54 percent of votes to Woo’s 46 percent.
Hosted by Dominique DiPrima, the Front Page is Los Angeles’ only daily talk radio show focused on African-American issues. The show can be heard on air in Los Angeles from 4:30AM until 6AM at 102.3 FM, online at www.kjlhradio.com, and downloaded later on iTunes after the broadcast. The show was produced by veteran radio news journalist and producer Jasmyne Cannick.
Owned by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions, KJLH is the leading broadcast radio station for African-Americans and urban consumers in Southern California. The Los Angeles home for the Steve Harvey Morning Show, KJLH’s award-winning Front Page show with Dominique DiPrima is Los Angeles’ only talk radio show focused on African-American issues.
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