As pompadoured teenagers, the members of the Japanese-American social club Just Us Girls seized on all the nightlife 1940's Los Angeles had to offer.
They rode the streetcar to the Million Dollar Theater to see big bands. They danced into the night to Louis Armstrong. Sumi Hughes, then known as Sumi Fukushima, was particularly light-footed.
"I always had boyfriends who were good dancers," Hughes, 81, explained. "That was a prerequisite."
From the 1920's through the 1950s, Los Angeles abounded with hundreds of Japanese-American social clubs for second-generation or Nisei young people, especially girls. It was a social phenomenon that allowed the daughters of strict immigrant parents to explore their American identity.
"I’m sure parents thought it was one way to keep an eye on their daughters and know who their friends were," said UCLA historian Valerie Matsumoto, who wrote about these clubs in her book City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles.
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Female detainees stand at the fence in the exercise yard inside Homeland Security's Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas, May 10, 2007. Federal officials are proposing a new immigrant detention center in South Texas, one that would house families, in response to the recent Central American migrant crisis at the border. The government was sued over inhumane conditions at a different family detention center in Texas in 2007.
Federal officials propose Texas immigration lockup - Associated Press On a proposal to build a new immigrant detention center in South Texas that would house families. From the story: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement is proposing a residential center in the town of Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio...The plan is being decried by advocacy groups, who point to the fraught history of a past Texas family immigration lockup." Federal officials were sued over conditions at the T. Don Hutto family detention center in 2007.
DHS Doesn't Think ISIS Is Plotting Attack Through U.S.-Mexico Border - Huffington Post Department of Homeland Security officials said during a Senate hearing Wednesday that there's no evidence of the Islamic State terrorist organization planning to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, as some reports have claimed. From the story: “'At present, DHS is unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL,' DHS Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Francis Taylor said, according to a transcript."
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U.S. citizen Lace Rodriguez reunites with her husband Javier Guerrero, who was deported home to Mexico.
Report: US Sharply Cutting Deportations - Associated Press This year is shaping up to have the fewest deportations since at least 2007. The AP found that the Homeland Security Department removed under 259,000 between the 2013-2014 budget year, compared to about 320 people over the same period last year. That's a drop of nearly 20 percent. Over the course of the Obama administration, more than 2.1 million immigrants were sent home. Possible reason for the decline: the Obama administration switched its focus to deporting criminals, so others facing deportation are instead having their cases pend through immigration court. Also, the recent surge of migrants over the summer has led immigration officials to "release many people into the U.S. interior with instructions to report back to authorities later."
Out with the sneering, hook-nosed 'Arab' mascot of old.
In with the new face of the "Mighty Arabs" — an ethnically ambiguous-looking man sporting a manicured beard and a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headscarf.
"The new mascot is a distinguished-looking Arab gentleman in historical dress," Superintendent Darryl Adams Coachella of the Valley Unified School District told KPCC. "It's a stoic figure but a very classy figure. It symbolizes pride and leadership for the football team, or just the school in general."
The district's Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the new mascot and name in a 5-0 vote.
The decision comes nearly a year after the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee protested the mascot in a Nov. 2013 letter, bringing national attention to an area best known for date farming and hosting the Coachella music festival.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is looking for whoever vandalized a Sikh temple in Riverside with the word 'terrorist.'
California trails only New York when it comes to the number of suspected hate crimes against South Asians, Muslims and Arabs, according to a new report from a civil rights group.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) has tallied 76 reports of violence and harassment against members of these communities between 2011 and April 2014.
Thirteen of those reported incidents occurred in California — a surprise to executive director Suman Raghunathan given the state’s diverse make-up which includes one of the largest South Asian populations in the country.
She was also taken aback that some of the incidents took place in “long-standing South Asian communities such as Ontario, Fresno, Stockton, Hayward.”
They ranged from beating deaths to verbal threats and graffiti.
“It instills a profound sense of fear, lack of security and instability,” Raghunathan said.