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Diving into Integration: Sammy Lee, Historical Memory, and the Complexity of Housing Segregation in Cold War California

Even with the clearest of minds, personal and historical memory ebb and flow. Recollections of our own past and that of the society around us often become shaped by current circumstance and selective recall. 2,331 more words


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If you have purchased an older house in California, you often get a nasty surprise and learn that the title to your house includes a racial covenant barring minorities from buying the home. We sometimes forget that racial covenants and housing segregation were a fairly recent phenomenon. Ryan Reft at the Tropics of Meta has posted an article about housing segregation in southern California. Reft's piece focuses on two time Olympic diving champion Sammy Lee. Despite Lee's international status he still faced difficulties in buying a home in southern California because he was Korean American. Reft describes how the Cold War helped force neighborhoods in southern California to integrate in order to avoid becoming propaganda material for the Soviets. He also explains that while white residents were ultimately willing to permit Asian Americans into their neighborhoods, they still fought tooth and nail to keep African Americans out.

Photo Essay: Exploring Seattle's Architectural History

From the Space Needle and Pike Place Market  to the Smith Tower and Suzzallo Library, Seattle is a city defined by its iconic buildings. In the image-rich new edition of… 785 more words

Pacific Northwest

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Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in America. While most people think about Seattle's natural beauty, a new book, Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects, highlights Seattle's architectural gems. This blog posts from University of Washington Press Blog provides a sneak preview of some of Seattle's iconic structures examined in their new book.

Rated “SA”? Jack Valenti and the Skirmish Over Movie Ratings in the Reagan Era

What is inspiring the relaxation of social mores regarding marijuana use? Today, theories abound. Perhaps anti-marijuana laws are too expensive to enforce. Or: a growing number of Americans have tried marijuana, and consequently, come to view its health effects as relatively benign. 1,738 more words

Popular Culture

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The current movie rating system is somewhat absurd. Movie ratings were designed to help people make sure that children were not exposed to inappropriate films, but the ratings themselves are extraordinarily vague. The Kirby Dick documentary film "This Film is Not Yet Rated" highlights these absurdities and points out that MPAA treats violence, foul language, and sexual content differently. The chief complaint of the ratings is that they fail to describe what type of content is actually depicted in the movie and that the MPAA's decisions are arbitrary. Claire Clark has posted an article on the Points blog describing an efforts by Nancy Reagan and her supporters to create an additional SA (Substance Abuse) rating to warn parents. Essentially, Reagan agreed with the current critique that ratings were specific enough. A movie would receive an SA rating (PG-SA, R-SA) if substance abuse was depicted in a movie. The SA rating appears to have been limited to drug, but not alcohol and tobacco abuse. Clark describes how this campaign started and gathered momentum before ultimately failing.

Stand Up to Sin: A Short Lesson from Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” Patrick Henry famously said that, all the way back in 1775, and chances are all of my American friends (that is, ALL of my friends) have heard those words at least once. 462 more words