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Twilight of Another America: Contriving Conflict in the Racial Margins Hyeyurn Chung (Sung Kyun Kwan Univ.) This essay takes a comparative approach to reading three texts that examine the 1992 L. A. Riots: Leonard Chang’s Fruit ’N Food, Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and Elaine Kim, Christine Choy, and Dae Sil Kim-Gibson’s documentary Sa-I-Gu: From a Korean-Women’s Perspective. The main purpose of this essay is to interrogate these authors’ employment of monologic methods while their expressed intent is to encourage dialogue within the racial margins. Consequently, their works inadvertently contribute to reinforcing the destructive image of the racial margin as the locus of racial conflict. I contend that these authors’ prioritization of the monologue replicates the fallacy of the media, whose one-sided coverage of the events were held largely accountable for shutting down the lines of communication between African and Asian Americans in order to serve the political and economic interest of mainstream America. This essay discusses the ways in which literary representations of the racial conflict were, to a certain extent, exculpated from their participation in contriving conflict within the racial margins.


Twilight of Another America: Contriving Conflict in the Racial Margins Hyeyurn Chung (Sung Kyun Kwan Univ.) This essay takes a comparative approach to reading three texts that examine the 1992 L. A. Riots: Leonard Chang’s Fruit ’N Food, Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and Elaine Kim, Christine Choy, and Dae Sil Kim-Gibson’s documentary Sa-I-Gu: From a Korean-Women’s Perspective. The main purpose of this essay is to interrogate these authors’ employment of monologic methods while their expressed intent is to encourage dialogue within the racial margins. Consequently, their works inadvertently contribute to reinforcing the destructive image of the racial margin as the locus of racial conflict. I contend that these authors’ prioritization of the monologue replicates the fallacy of the media, whose one-sided coverage of the events were held largely accountable for shutting down the lines of communication between African and Asian Americans in order to serve the political and economic interest of mainstream America. This essay discusses the ways in which literary representations of the racial conflict were, to a certain extent, exculpated from their participation in contriving conflict within the racial margins.