1992 Los Angeles Uprisings

1992 Los Angeles Uprisings

Angela Chung, Kristina Williams, Tom Robisheaux


Type: Lab

Angela decided to combine two of her key interests in one project: media representation and racial triangulation. By using the 1992 LA Uprisings (more commonly knowns as the LA Riots) as the foundation, she looks at the photographs used to document the tumultuous events leading to and during this time. Her questions circled around how visual aspects of journalism play a role in shaping the narratives of an event. While this specific project used only photos from white media – the LA Times – the intent is to be able to gather significant data from African-American and Korean-American news as well. The goal is to, therefore, compare how from the different points of the racial triangulation (white, black, and Asian) the various groups are (or aren’t) represented in an era where the conflicts were commonly viewed as extremely racialized.

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