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This research guide is designed to support the September 18th, 2010 Visions and Voices event, Little Tokyo Culinary and Historical Tour. Please use this guide to find further information on the topic and the event.
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First Street, 1910

Source: 南加州日本人七十年史
Minami Kashū Nihonjin nanajūnenshi (1960)
call number: (East Asian) F870.J3M563 1960

Map of Little Tokyo, 1941

Source: 圖入回顧五十年 / 須々木榮 = My 50 years in America / by P. M. Suski (1959), page 98
call number: (East Asian) CT275.S968A3 1959

Little Tokyo (aka J-Town)

Los Angeles has long had one of the largest populations of Japanese outside of Japan.  The first Japanese restaurant in the area of what was to become Little Tokyo opened in 1885, just off 1st Street, at a time when USC itself occupied a handful of buildings at the southern edge of town.  By the 1920s, it had become the economic and cultural center for Japanese Americans.  The relocation trauma of World War II dealt a heavy blow to the community and, despite its postwar resusitation, Little Tokyo has never regained the dominant position it once held.  Even so, it remains as one of the city's most enduring ethnic neighborhoods and continues to claim its place as the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California.


Nisei Week Grand Parade, August 15, 2010

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