David Eun and Bruce PattonThree-person mediation involving representatives of local Korean and African-American communities over racial tensions arising from an alleged shoplifting incident; a city representative serves as the mediator
Tensions between the African-American and Korean communities in economically depressed Urbana, where Koreans are the sole providers of groceries in the area, have been building for some time. Many African-American customers have long complained that the grocery store owners are unfriendly and unfairly accuse customers of stealing, while Korean store owners contend that many of their African-American customers use racial slurs and shoplift.
A recent incident involving an elderly African-American woman and a Korean grocery store owner has caused tensions to explode into a massive boycott, led initially by the woman’s family, but gaining support throughout the community. The recently elected African-American mayor was initially neutral on the issue, but as the boycott grew, the mayor decided to intervene. Korean grocers do not wish to be driven out of business, and while African-Americans would prefer to support the establishment of African-American owned grocery stores, they have no convenient, immediate alternative to the existing Korean-American grocery stores.
Legal representatives of the local African-American and Korean-American communities are now meeting with the mayor’s Chief Aide for Urban Affairs in an effort to try to resolve the conflict. During the discussions, a newsflash will inform the parties that the boycott situation has worsened and that an urgent solution is necessary.
Participant Materials include:
- General Instructions for all parties
- WURB Channel 13 Newsflash: Crisis in Urbana
Confidential Instructions for:
- African-American Communities for Action Representative
- Korean Merchants Association Representative
- Mayor’s Chief Aide for Urban Affairs (mediator/ facilitator role)
Teacher’s Package includes:
- All of the above
- Teaching Note
NOTE: The fact pattern of this simulation is similar to that of Grocery Store; the latter is a two-party negotiation between community members rather than a mediation involving legal representatives.
Seoul Food in Urbana Attributes
- Time required:
- 1-2 hours
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- Agent present:
- Neutral third party present:
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