Ed Chang is a professor of Ethnic Studies and the founding director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside. Professor Chang is the author of eight books, seven edited volumes, and numerous articles. He is the leading expert on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, race relations, and Korean Americans. He has been the voice for the Korean American community and has spoken, written, and been interviewed prolifically about the LA riots over the last 20 years.
Since then, Professor Chang’s continued research and speaking on matters relating to building peace in inter-ethnic communities has shown that his interest in this subject goes far beyond one of crisis management and beyond the issues of one urban neighborhood. He has also continued his efforts to motivate the mainstream media to portray race relations in America as an issue that is larger and more complex than simply black and white.
For his efforts, Professor Chang has received numerous awards and recognition for his research on Korean American studies and the post effects of the LA Riots.