Join us for a virtual fireside chat with award-winning author Steph Cha, as she shares her experiences and the critical role storytelling plays in raising collective awareness of history, heritage, and the human connections instrumental to binding relationships and communities together.
Cha is author of Your House Will Pay, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, as well as one of the Los Angeles Times’ 110 essential Los Angeles books, which is set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles unrest. The LA uprising was sparked in part by the acquittal of white police officers who were responsible for the beating of a Black man, Rodney King, as well as the shooting of a Black girl, Latasha Harlins, by a Korean store owner in South Central LA. Fueled by years of racial and economic inequality in the city, the subsequent unrest spread from South Central LA to Koreatown and other areas. Existing resentment and fear between newly immigrated Koreans and Black residents of South Central LA was especially enflamed by culture differences and a lack of awareness and understanding of the intense civil rights struggles and history of police brutality in Los Angeles’ Black communities. Memories of the 1992 riots and the corresponding issues continue to influence our society today.
Cha is also the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, Dead Soon Enough, and Treasures in Heaven. Her work has made appearances in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She also served as noir editor and is the current series editor of the Best American Mystery & Suspense anthology.
Cha was born in San Fernando Valley, CA and is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.
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