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The anonymous crowd and its search for amusement

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"Inside the air was a pestilence; it was heavy with disease and the emanations from many bodies. Anyone leaving this working mass, an...
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Ancient Chinese Wisdom: an interview with Victor Wong

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Artist, actor, journalist, Protestant minister in training Victor Wong, 1976. Love the budweiser plus t-shirt (3rd International San Franci...
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Duke Kahanamoku: the Hawai'ian Olympic Hero in Los Angeles

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The United States took a total of 41 gold medals including eight in the diving and swimming competitions, but the 1932 Games were fondly re...
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Wing Kwong Tse's skylighted studio atop City Lights Bookstore

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Despite a lack of formal training and not beginning his career as an artist until his thirties, Wing Kwong Tse became a successful SF pa...
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Fong-Fong Bakery Fountain, San Francisco Chinatown 1941

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We started the Fong-Fong Bakery-Fountain in 1935. We had a beautiful, long counter, the latest equipment, stainless steel, nice-looking b...
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A Celebration of Nanao Sakaki with Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Gary Lawless, Malcolm Margolin and oh, Patricia Wakida as guest eMCee

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Hi, Gary! Hi, Nanao! Hi, McRoskey Mattresses! This actually happened! On May 10, 2013. Two of the original poets from the Six Gallery ...
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Stuck in the Shallow End: Swimming Pool and Segregation in L.A.

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Sammy Lee, first Asian American gold medalist. As a twelve-year-old Angeleno in 1932, Korean American athlete "Sammy" Lee dre...
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Got thrown a bunch of sugar

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{painting by Christine Wu} In the first months of my working as curator of history at the Japanese American National Museum, I was introd...
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All hail the serpentine Year of the Snake!

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Ironically, 2011 we were a two snake household, and now we're down to none. 2012 was actually quite splendid- I dubbed it "My ye...
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