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Gajin Fujita
Keith Kesler, April 12, 2019

Gajin Fujita takes us into his studio to discuss the role the public library played in inspiring his art as well as the meaning behind Guardian Angel which is featured on our new Los Angeles Public Library art library card. As Gajin says,


Portrait of Yun Isang
Alan Westby, May 29, 2018

The library has recently added its first scores by the Korean composer Yun Isang (윤이상 / 尹伊桑) to our collection.


manga titles with their book covers
Yoko Hata, May 18, 2018

Are you a manga-lover? That’s good news because there are lots of new manga series being released in 2018. What a time to be alive! I’d like to introduce you, the manga-lover, to some new releases for this year:


Author Lisa Ko and her award winning book the Leavers
Janice B., May 17, 2018

Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, was selected as the Adult Fiction winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for 2017-2018.


Young Japanese girls brave the early morning rain to bid farewell to friends leaving for Manzanar relocation camp
Photo Friends, May 01, 2018

In the spring of 1942, the City of Los Angeles experienced a population exodus triggered by a presidential executive order. Images in the Los Angeles Public Library's Herald Examiner Collection and Shades of L.A.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu.


Book covers
James Sherman, May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure.


Detail of a map of Los Angeles, as it appeared in 1871, showing the site of the 1871 Chinese massacre
Kelly Wallace, May 19, 2017

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month in which we celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


illustration of sun with face from pictorial map
Glen Creason, May 17, 2017

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Public Library, we have occasion to show off one of the greatest pictorial maps ever created: The Pageant of the Pacific by the artist


The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store. Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.


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