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Presented by Sophie Tachibana Miller ‘25.

Beginning in 1945, a Los Angeles neighborhood was shared between a newly-formed community of African American migrants and the Japanese and Japanese Americans returning from incarceration. In this presentation, Sophie will discuss their summer research on African and Japanese American relations during the post WWII period in Los Angeles. Among the many factors impacting these relations was the role of specific U.S. government programming. With the intention to underscore harmful narratives, Sophie will provide a comprehensive history of the political environment, racial relations, and community history relevant in understanding both the challenges faced by the two communities, as well as the demonstrated efforts towards cross cultural solidarity.

This research was funded by the Fannie Kenin Friedman Japanese-American Studies Summer Research Grant.

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