Little Tokyo

Historical Background

Bibliography of resources

1. "Little Tokyo Renewal Approved by Council," by Ray Herbert, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1970.

2. "Little Tokyo Awaiting $47 Million 'Rebirth'," by Ray Herbert, Los Angeles Times, January 18, 1971.

3. "Little Tokyo Project in Planning Stages," Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1971.

4. "Little Tokyo Group Picked to Build $6.2 Million Shop Plaza," by Ray Herbert, Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1973.

5. "Little Tokyo Renewal Under Way as Work Begins on $24 Million Hotel," Los Angeles Times, Pt. II, September 30, 1974.

6. "Group in Little Tokyo Demand Evictions Delay," Los Angeles Times, August 5, 1976.

7. "Redevelopment in Little Tokyo Stirs Conflict Among Citizens," by Lynn Simross, Los Angeles Times, Pt. VIII, February 27, 1977.

8. "Little Tokyo Images Slowly Changing," by Lynn Simross, Los Angeles Times, Pt. VII, March 6, 1977.

9. "Japanese Give $986,026 for Cultural Center," Los Angeles Times, December 12, 1978.

10. "Little Tokyo Center Building Completed," by Ray Herbert, Los Angeles Times, Pt. II, p. 3, March 10, 1980.

11. "Little Tokyo, Once a Seedy Ghetto, Is Now in Full Bloom," by Nancy Yoshihara, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1980.

12. "Battle Lines Drawn Over Parks for Skid Row Area," by Elizabeth Mehren, Los Angeles Times, Pt. V, p. 1, July 10, 1980.

13. "A 'Sleepy Farm Community' Becomes Little Tokyo Today," by Michael T. Nakajima, Civic Center/Downtown News, p. 3, August 5, 1980.

14. "How Little Tokyo Grew Up," Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Sec. D, p. 2, August 7, 1980.

15. "Little Tokyo Enters Decade of Growth," by Ross Gersten, Civic Center News/Downtown News, November 10, 1981.

16. "Construction Start Slated for California First Bank," Downtown News, Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 1, January 19, 1982.

17. "Japanese American Cultural Theater Dedicated," Downtown News, p. 8, February 1, 1983.

18. "Growing Pains," by Ray Herbert, Los Angeles Times, July 5, 1983.

19. "Living in Little Tokyo, Then and Now," by Naomi Minagi Rosen, Los Angeles Times, Pt. VI, p. 6, April 22, 1984.

20. "Little Tokyo to Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary," Los Angeles Times, Pt. II, p. 3, August 15, 1984.

21. "Little Tokyo: Memories of Oldest Residents Enrich Poignant History of Resilient Enclave," by Roxane Arnold, Los Angeles Times, August 26, 1984.

22. "Maintaining Historical Little Tokyo Proposed," Rafu Shimpo, February 28, 1986.

23. "Proposed Developer of LT's Northside Greeted by Hostile Reaction at Meeting," Kashu Mainichi, March 13, 1986.

24. "Little Tokyo Wary of Developer's Big Plans," by Sam Hall Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, Pt. VIII, p. 2, April 13, 1986.

25. "Development Plans Refuel Old Political Fires in Little Tokyo," by Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1986.

26. "Commission Recommends Little Tokyo for Register," Rafu Shimpo, May 12, 1986.

27. "City Commission Wants L.T. Historic Designation: Recommends Temple, Church as Monuments," Rafu Shimpo, August 4, 1986.

28. "Cultural Heritage Commission Votes to Declare Two Churches as Historical Sites," Kashu Mainichi, August 12, 1986.

29. "State Grant for Union Church Bldg. Considered," Rafu Shimpo, September 5, 1986.

30. "Committee Passes Memorandum For First St. North Project," by Naomi Hirahara, Rafu Shimpo, October 1, 1986.

31. "Historic Preservation of Little Tokyo Takes Giant Step Forward With Grant," Kashu Mainichi, p. 1, December 8, 1986.

32. "Little Tokyo Takes on City Hall Again," by Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, Pt. II, p. 1, December 28, 1986.

33. "Survival of Little Tokyo Historic Area Enabled Through Joint Efforts, Rafu Shimpo, p. 1, December 29, 1986.

34. "Little Tokyo Historic District To Be Celebrated on August 1," Rafu Shimpo, July 30, 1987.

35. "Little Tokyo Historic District Celebrated," Rafu Shimpo, August 3, 1987.

36. "Letters to the Editor: Fond Memories on First St.," by Karl G. Yoneda (aka Karl Hama), Rafu Shimpo, September 3, 1987.

37. "Hotel Slated in Little Tokyo," by Evelyn De Wolfe, Los Angeles Times, July 17, 1988.

38. "Little Tokyo Looks Ahead," by Rebecca E. Rumbo, Downtown News, Vol. 17, No. 32, p. 1, August 8, 1988.

39. "Wave of Hotels on the Little Tokyo Horizon," by Steven Wolf, Downtown News, February 26, 1990.

40. "Housing the Soul of Japanese America," by Steven Wolf, Downtown News, Vol. 19, No. 13, p. 1, March 26, 1990.

41. "Little Tokyo Decries Consulate's Departure," by K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times, Sec. B, p. 1, May 20, 1993.

42. "Nisei Week Mixes Hope, Celebration," by K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times, Sec. B, p. 3, August 7, 1993.

43. "Showdown in Little Tokyo," by Toni Page Birdsong, Downtown News, Vol. 24, No. 27, p. 1, June 27, 1994.

44. "Little Tokyo Approaching Landmark Status," Downtown News, August 22, 1994.

45. "Xenophobia's Paradox," by Susan Seager, LA Weekly, p. 41, November 18-November 24, 1994.

46. "A First-Class Landmark," by Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, Sec. B, p. 1, June 17, 1995.

47. "Korean War Veterans Honor Comrades," by Julie Tamaki, Los Angeles Times, Sec. B, p. 1, May 25, 1997.

48. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 12), The 'Other' Nihonmachi," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, no date.

49. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 19), Japanese 'Barnum'," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, June 1, 1984.

50. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 20), Japanese in Hollywood," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, June 8, 1984.

51. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 21), Looking East from City Hall," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, June 15, 1984.

52. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 22), Wilmington/Weller," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, June 22, 1984.

53. "Little Tokyo Life: (No. 23), First & Main," by Harry Honda, Pacific Citizen, June 29, 1984.

54. "New tower looks down on L.A.'s changing Little Tokyo," Sunset, p. 55+, August, 1980.

55. "Little Tokyo Community Capitalizes on Itself," Urban Design International, Institute for Urban Design, Fall, 1982.

56. "Businessman's history parallels Little Tokyo's" by Don Ray, Newsletter, Los Angeles City Historical Society, January 1987.

57. Anonymous, Background of Little Tokyo and the Nisei Week Festival, no date.

58. The History of Little Tokyo, by William Mason, L.A. county Museum of Natural History, 1969.

59. Little Tokyo - The Beginning: A Short Bibliography, Franklin D. Murphy Library, JACCC.

60. Little Tokyo Historic District, by Allyne Winderman, AIA, 1989 California Preservation Conference.

61. "Little Tokyo, Searching the Past and Analyzing the Future," by Jim H. Matsuoka, in Roots: An Asian American Reader, edited by Amy Tachiki, Eddie Wong, Franklin Odo, Buck Wong, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, no date.

62. Japanese Heritage Preserved, Press Release, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, no date.

63. Fact Book/Little Tokyo, Community Redevelopment Agency, 1970.

64. Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project: The Redevelopment Plan for the Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project, as adopted by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles on February 24, 1970 on passage of Ordinance No. 140,069.

65. Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project: First Street North Project, Status Report, Community Redevelopment Agency, February 25, 1987.

66. Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project, brochure, Community Redevelopment Agency, no date.

67. "Little Tokyo Celebrates 20th Anniversary," Redevelopment Periscope, brochure, Community Redevelopment Agency, no date.

68. Little Tokyo Opportunities Inventory, Community Redevelopment Agency, 1994.

69. "Nisei Week-How it Began," by Togo Tanaka, Fiftieth Anniversary 1934-1990.

70. "Postwar Nisei Week," by Henry Mori, Fiftieth Anniversary 1934-1990.

71. Economics and Politics of Racial Accommodation, the Japanese of Los Angeles, 1900-1942, by John Modell, Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1977.

72. Little Tokyo, A Walking Tour Sponsored by The Los Angeles Conservancy, 1992.

73. National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for Little Tokyo Historic District, 1979.

74. Little Tokyo: One Hundred Years in Pictures, by Ichiro Mike Murase, Visual Communications/Asian American Studies Central, Inc., c. 1983.

The bibliography has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 1998.

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