04/26/2012 07:23 pm ET Updated Jun 26, 2012

Twenty Years After The L.A. Riots, What's Changed For Yong Kim And For The City | Portraits | Land Of Sunshine | KCET

There was vandalism, but no rioting in Echo Park. People were milling about in the streets, and Kim recalls an uncertain air in a city already choking on smoke.

One of Kim's brothers, minding the store while Kim relocated the merchandise, recruited gang members who were longtime patrons of the shop; each was offered a pair of sneakers in exchange for helping to protect the shop.