Organic Intellectualism: DJ Scholarship, Black Feminism and Erasure Resistance
Podcast Dialogue between DJ Lynnée Denise and Dr. Marla Jaksch
Produced by Sandra Gabriele, Michelle Macklem, and Marla Jaksch
Transcript of this episode can be found at goo.gl/mlHc7g
Recorded at Signal/Noise: A FemTechNet Conference on Pedagogy, Technology, and Transdisciplinarity
April 8th-10th, 2016
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
David Hyun was a 1.5 generation Korean American architect who is best known for designing the Japanese Village Plaza in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Following the success of this project in the early 1980s, Hyun was approached by members of the Korean community to design a similar redevelopment project in Koreatown to be named “Korea City”. Hyun’s son, David K. Hyun is shown here describing the history of his father’s design of Japanese Village and its legacy.
In 1971, Hi-Duk Lee and his wife opened Olympic Market located at 3122 W. Olympic Blvd. The opening of this Korean market marked “the symbolic beginning of contemporary Koreatown in Los Angeles. …Before 1970 Korean American concentration was south of Pico Blvd., it shifted northward thereafter.” ((Nancy Abelmann and John Lie, Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots, (Harvard University Press, 1995), 100-1.)) As more Korean immigrant entrepreneurs began to open small businesses in this area in the early 1970’s, Olympic Blvd. became one of the main arteries of contemporary Koreatown.
Little Bangladesh comprises a sub-community within the boundaries of Koreatown in Los Angeles. Stretching along a few blocks of 3rd Street between New Hampshire and Alexandria, Little Bangladesh was officially designated by the City of Los Angeles in 2010. Community members representing both the Korean and Bangladeshi immigrant population negotiated the official boundaries of Koreatown and Little Bangladesh and in the process, sparked a debate about the significance of mapping immigrant communities along ethnic lines.