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December 3, 1989
Korean-American merchants, responding to complaints from the black community of rude and insensitive treatment, said Saturday that they will hire an African-American customer service representative to work at their swap meet. The agreement came in a meeting Saturday between representatives of the L.A. Slauson Swapmeet Inc. and OMNI, the Organization of Mutual Neighborhood Interest, a black community activist group.
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January 11, 1990 | ITABARI NJERI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michael Yoon, owner of the L. A. Slauson Swapmeet, saw members of the African-American community picketing his store and calling for a boycott of Korean-American merchants recently, his heart sank. The pain was not because of lost sales. The hurt came from the realization that his good intentions and personal efforts to establish positive relations with the community were not enough.
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NEWS
January 11, 1990 | ITABARI NJERI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michael Yoon, owner of the L. A. Slauson Swapmeet, saw members of the African-American community picketing his store and calling for a boycott of Korean-American merchants recently, his heart sank. The pain was not because of lost sales. The hurt came from the realization that his good intentions and personal efforts to establish positive relations with the community were not enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1989
Korean-American merchants, responding to complaints from the black community of rude and insensitive treatment, said Saturday that they will hire an African-American customer service representative to work at their swap meet. The agreement came in a meeting Saturday between representatives of the L.A. Slauson Swapmeet Inc. and OMNI, the Organization of Mutual Neighborhood Interest, a black community activist group.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A contested proposal for a swap-meet-style store in Northwest Pasadena--cited by proponents as yet another example of strained relations between African-Americans and Korean-Americans--stymied the Board of Directors on Tuesday. After more than three hours of discussion in chambers filled with blacks and Koreans, the board, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Commission, postponed for a week a decision on the proposed Fair Oaks Department Store.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | ITABARI NJERI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Wish is embodied in the words film director Spike Lee places in the mouth of a Korean-American merchant in "Do the Right Thing": We are the same, we are brothers. That is the essential cry of the film's Korean immigrant grocer pointing to the color of his skin, begging that his store be spared as blacks in rebellion tear down what they perceive to be symbols of their oppression--businesses owned by "outsiders."
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