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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 Gardena.

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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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Building Nostalgia: Disney, Legoland, and Southern California

Many of us played with Legos as a kid...so what's it like to visit Legoland as an adult?
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