Scott Kurashige’s ambitious new book challenges most of the historians who have published recent studies of racial discourse and politics in U.S. cities. Rejecting the Prevailing tendency to focus on black-white relations, Kurashige describes the struggles against housing and employment discrimination waged by both African Americans and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles. He also takes advantage of new scholarship that situates events in the United States in a global context. Throughout the book, Kurashige devotes some attention to the transnational dimensions of racial and class formation in Los Angeles.
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