FROM Lane Hirabayashi
Toyota Leaving Torrance for Texas Toyota announced today that it will move its North American headquarters from Torrance to the Dallas area. Toyota, Honda and Nissan (formerly Datsun) arrived in Southern California in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. They all eventually established their U.S. headquarters in the South Bay. Now, they’ve all moved or are in the process of moving. Toyota is likely to take as many as five thousand jobs to Texas. What will this mean for the South Bay, which was home to a large population of Japanese and Japanese-Americans long before Japan’s “big three” located there?
Japanese-American Who Defied US Government in WWII Has Died In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were herded into prison camps in the name of national security. Only three refused, to the consternation of other Japanese Americans. None of them is still alive now that Gordon Hirabayashi has died at the age of 93. His nephew is Lane Hirabayashi, Professor of Asian-American Studies at UCLA.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.