Tracing the historical past of intercultural fight and cooperation within the citrus belt of larger la, Matt Garcia explores the social and cultural forces that helped make town the expansive and diversified city that it's today.

As the citrus-growing areas of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in japanese la County improved in the course of the early 20th century, the rural there built alongside segregated traces, essentially among white landowners and Mexican and Asian employees. first and foremost, those groups have been sharply divided. yet l. a., in contrast to different agricultural areas, observed very important possibilities for intercultural alternate strengthen round the arts and inside of multiethnic group teams. even if fostered in such casual settings as dance halls and theaters or in such formal firms because the Intercultural Council of Claremont or the Southern California cohesion Leagues, those interethnic encounters shaped the root for political cooperation to handle hard work discrimination and remedy difficulties of residential and academic segregation. even though intercultural collaborations weren't constantly winning, Garcia argues that they represent an incredible bankruptcy not just in Southern California's social and cultural improvement but in addition within the greater heritage of yank race relations.

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