Review: United Plates of America highlights immigrants as unsung culinary heroes — ABS-CBN

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— by Jam Pascual: The first Japanese immigrants who set foot in Los Angeles came to the city in the 1890s, and numbered over a hundred thousand. Right out the gate, these newly minted Americans had to figure out how their side of the East could take root in the West. How does one properly settle in this strange, new land full of both promise and anti-Asian sentiment? These immigrants needed to foster a sense of community while being able to comfortably trade with each other. So they set up a row of business and restaurants that came to be known as Little Tokyo…

Image: John Nishio talks to Gary Takle about his family’s history in Little Tokyo. Photograph from John Nishio on YouTube

July 5, 2019

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