Older Koreans, Cambodians in LA County Among Most Impoverished, New Report Finds

Apr 27 2016

While Asian Americans as a group appear well-off, a new report released Wednesday finds that many elderly Korean and Cambodians are more likely to live in poverty and without access to health care in L.A. County.

The report, produced by AARP and the nonprofit group Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, examines the status of the 480,000 Asian Americans and 11,000 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders over age 50 living in the county.

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DACA/DAPA Eligibility Screening Workshop-BUENA PARK, CA

Are you an undocumented individual who arrived to the U.S. before age 16? OR are you an undocumented parent of a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR)? Come get FREE, one-on-one information on your eligibility and learn how you can start preparing to apply for the newly expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs!

Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Korean Community Services
7212 Orangethorpe Ave., Suite 8
Buena Park, CA 90621

Could the LA Riots Happen Again?

Apr 27 2012

New America Media-Asian

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest – or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) -- the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King. Fifty-four individuals died during the six days of unrest. Another 2,400 were injured. Businesses were looted and destroyed, resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage. About half of the damage occurred to Korean-owned businesses.

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Ahn v. SCI

Ahn v SCI: APALC and its co-counsel sue Oakdale Memorial Park on behalf of 17 elderly Korean immigrants, alleging that the cemetery engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices with limited English speaking clients. The case settles in October 2007. 

Bae v. Anchorage Fire & Casualty Insurance Co.

Bae v Anchorage Fire & Casualty Insurance Co.: On behalf of Korean American merchants who were victims of the 1992 civil unrest, APALC sues insurance carriers, agencies and brokers for denying $15 million in claims or offering settlements that are a fraction of the original coverage. Although defendant insurance companies declare bankruptcy, APALC pursues individual insurance agents and receives some compensation for merchants.

Rodney King Riots

Following the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles experiences the largest civil unrest in the nation’s history and Korean American merchants in particular suffer tremendous losses. In response, APALC offers legal assistance as well as basic necessities, such as food, to impacted individuals and businesses, working closely with many volunteers and local organizations and churches. APALC also helps found the Asian Pacific Revolving Loan Fund to help small businesses recover after a major disaster; the fund awards $5 million in loans by 2008.

City of Gardena

The Gardena City Council proposes to limit the extent of Korean and other Asian languages allowed on commercial signs.  In response, APALC and the Korean American community persuade the Gardena City Council to allow Korean-owned businesses to voluntarily include English on their signs.


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