1992 Los Angeles Riots: A Chinese-American Perspective
Am a Second generation Chinese American. My Grandfather came into the country in 1951. My father was then born in 1953. I am the first born in our family and I was born in 1978. My Grandfather moved to New York’s China Town when he first moved here and my Father was born and lived most of his life there. However, after my Birth, My Father moved to Los Angeles and I have lived in Torrance, Los Angeles ever since. Even after getting my own family, this place still feels like home. You Know.
Technically, my entire generation lives here. My Grandfather was born in Hong Kong and lived there until his father’s death when granny and his wife, my sweet grandmother, moved to China. My great grandmother died during my grandfather’s death and so I know too little of that side of the family.
I have been there once, just on a traveling trip. As much as I would call myself a Chinese-American, since a Hong Kong-American is not an actual noun, I am fully American. The only difference is that I appear more Chinese than American since my mother is also a third generation Chinese-American.
Living in La is not as boring as most people might assume. The area is always making history. I have encountered several historic moments in my lifetime. However, I think the most vivid one that affected me personally was the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. As much as the story has not made it to textbooks yet, am sure that the Rodney King incident was a historic