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Pioneering the Pacific Rim: Baseball, California, and the Creation of Transpacific Trade

In the years following WWII, California's athletes served as the transnational bridge between Asia and the United States.

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Ryan Reft has a PhD in urban history from the University of California San Diego. He is co-editor of the blog Tropics of Meta.
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Politics of Surfing: Environmentalism and Feminism Among California's Waves

Politics of Surfing: Environmentalism and Feminism Among California's Waves

California surfers have been especially active in environmentalism, much of which can be attributed to the efforts of pioneering women surfers.
Redefining Asian America: Japanese Americans, Gardena, and the Making of a Transnational Suburb

Redefining Asian America: Japanese Americans, Gardena, and the Making of a Transnational Suburb

In post-war Southern California, Japanese Americans created the built environment as much as much as anyone else, and few suburbs demonstrate Asian American agency like South Bay's ...
Educating Compton: Race, Taxes, and Schools in Southern California's Most Notorious Suburb

Educating Compton: Race, Taxes, and Schools in Southern California's Most Notorious Suburb

The 2010 Parent Trigger controversy provides a valuable window into the city's education history, the evolution of its Latino-African American relations, and the new political real ...
Beyond the Valley: Demography, Failed Secession, and Urban Politics in San Fernando Valley

Beyond the Valley: Demography, Failed Secession, and Urban Politics in San Fernando Valley

Few events reveal the impact of shifting San Fernando Valley demographics like the unsuccessful 2002 secession campaign which, even though it ended in failure, revealed startlingly ...
The Valley Paradox: Gentlemen Farming and Immigrant Labor in the Creation of San Fernando Valley

The Valley Paradox: Gentlemen Farming and Immigrant Labor in the Creation of San Fernando Valley

Without Japanese and Mexican American labor, the Valley's image of "whiteness" would not have been possible.
Riding Waves, Forging Communities: Surfing, Gender, and Feminism in 20th Century California

Riding Waves, Forging Communities: Surfing, Gender, and Feminism in 20th Century California

While popular culture has long obscured women's role in the sport, California and female surfers have intertwined to spread surfing not only past national boundaries, but also gend ...
Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, and Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.

Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, and Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.

Bruce's Beach and the Inkwell served as sites of leisure, agency, community, and controversy, and demonstrate the complex racial history of the Golden State.
Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles

Popular culture has long portrayed surfing as a sort of reservoir of bohemian, along with a large helping of agro-masculinity and whiteness. Yet, if one traces its origins you find ...
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