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Diamonds Separated by Oceans: Baseball, Japanese Americans, and Southern California's Pacific Rim

“If California has made any contribution to sport on a national level, it is in the democratization of pursuits that were previously the prerogatives of elites,” noted the dean of California history Kevin Starr in 2005. 2,665 more words

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Ryan Reft at Tropics of Meta has an article on the early history of baseball in Japan and its impact on California's Japanese American community before and after World War II. While Japanese Americans never had a transformative professional player akin to Jackie Robinson, baseball still "shaped Japanese American identities, stitched together communities and generations, provided solace to a people traumatized by unjust incarceration."

George Takei urges compassion for LGBT people

Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-cheol

By Kim Young-jin

When George Takei enters a room, it is hard to imagine the actor ever being uncomfortable in his skin. 929 more words

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