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From Villa to Pacquiao: Filipino Boxing in L.A. and the Power of a Transnational Punch

From Villa to Pacquiao: Filipino Boxing in L.A. and the Power of a Transnational Punch

A decade and half into the 21st century, 2015 serves as useful moment to consider the history of Filipinos in America's boxing history and L.A.'s role in making it all happen.
Lost Girl: Tales about Loving and Leaving 1970s El Monte

Lost Girl: Tales about Loving and Leaving 1970s El Monte

El Monte has produced numerous writers, including Benita Morgan Bishop who documents 1970s El Monte through the wide-eyed perspective of her young narrator.
Downey: From Orange Groves to the Apollo Space Program

Downey: From Orange Groves to the Apollo Space Program

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Downey's past from the agriculture of the 19th Century, through the war years and the rise of the aerospace industry, and the development of the A ...
Migrant Dreams and Soccer Journeys

Migrant Dreams and Soccer Journeys

If life is like soccer, then its many lessons are to be found in the journey as well its destination, especially for Juan Sanchez, who grew up in the working class neighborhoods of ...
Off the Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Knickerbocker Hotel's Haunted History

Off the Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Knickerbocker Hotel's Haunted History

The building itself appears tired and worn out, and its history has been as jammed packed and traumatic as any melodrama made by the city that it calls home.
Thematic Cartography and Mapping Los Angeles

Thematic Cartography and Mapping Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters highlights several books that examine the role mapping plays in place-making and regional identity, including the new book "LAtitudes" by Heyday Press that u ...
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