Charming 19th century photographic portraits at LACMA, illuminated prayer books at the Getty and a groundbreaking 1946 graphic memoir at the Japanese American National Museum lead our August list of exhibitions across Southern California. Check back here for weekly updates. And before you go, remember to call or check online...
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Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton sell Silver Lake home to OneRepublic Guitarist for $5.7 million | Boyle Heights Japanese diner could become a landmark
A round up the latest real estate news. The City's Cultural Heritage Commission this week will decide whether to declare Otomisan Japanese Restaurant, one of the last of the neighborhood's long-time Japanese restaurants, a bid to make it a Historic Cultural monument. The commission is scheduled to address the nomination Thursday. In her monument application, M. Rosalind Sagara of the L.A. Conservancy said the property was historically significant "for its association with early Japanese American settlement patterns in Boyle Heights" and for its association with "commercial development along the East First Street streetcar line in the 1920s.” But Charles Cummings, the attorney for the owners, told the commission at its Nov. 5 meeting that the owners are opposed to the nomination.
DIFFERING POINTS OF VIEW ON THE REPARATIONS PROGRAM AND PROPOSAL P. PHOTO LUCAS RESETAR. The history of the United States is deeply linked with systemic abuse. It’s a simple statement and it’s not political, but a recognizable fact. The question is, how do we, in a society that is now coming to understand the maladies of its past, choose to recognize historical injustice and address its active consequences? Proposal P is on the table this week to support a Reparations Program.
As the United States struggles to open back up, Asian Americans remain anxious. Women and the elderly are taking self-defense classes; others are arming themselves for protection. Even parents are wondering if they should keep their children out of schools. There are 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in...
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Bits & Bytes: Dalton’s Music on Main; OLLI talk by Franklin Odo; Keith Emerling exhibit at Lauren Clark; BCC awarded grant for ESOL courses
DALTON — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association (CRA) have partnered to host Music on Main, a series of free live concerts on the CRA Memorial Lawn and the lawn of the Mill + Main property in Dalton. The events will run Wednesdays at the CRA Memorial Lawn...
Sitting in the passenger seat of her parked car in Boston and peering at the Zoom app open on her phone, Michelle Wu's voice almost cracks as she describes the difficulties she has faced trying to access city resources. "I had fought in the wake of my mother's mental illness...
Pasadena Author Naomi Hirahara Takes Readers Back to 1944, To Life for a Japanese Family After Manzanar
Local journalist and author Naomi Hirahara’s latest book, “Clark and Division,” follows a Japanese American family after their release from Manzanar in 1944 and their life after being shipped thousands of miles away, to cold Chicago. It’s a tale that’s part historical fiction and part murder mystery from the award-winning writer famous for her Mas Arai series.
Last June, we published the first story for Plant PPL, an L.A. Times Plants series in which we interview plant influencers, business owners, enthusiasts and gardeners of color who are making the world a brighter, greener place. The first story, written by Senior Art Director Martina Ibáñez-Baldor, profiled Boyle Heights...
The United States Postal Service commemorated the Nisei (or second-generation Japanese Americans) who served with valor during World War II by issuing the “Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII” stamp in June of 2021. “Go for Broke” was the motto of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team, but the stamp also recognizes more than 30,000 Japanese American members of the US Army during the war. The storied 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd (the most decorated unit of its size) saw fierce battle in the European theater; members of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion (a detachment of the 442nd) also liberated the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945. But one of the least known groups of Japanese American soldiers deserves recognition: Company B of the 1800th Engineering Battalion.
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Thirty years ago the Los Angeles Public Library embarked on a ground-breaking, collection-building project – reaching out to the diverse communities of the region for family photographs that would provide depth and nuance to an understanding of this region’s multi-cultural history. The project and its results are called Shades of L.A. The support group Photo Friends of the L.A. Public Library was formed to assist in that effort. The group endures.