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A streetscape on a sunny day. The sidewalk is busy. Most of the street signs and shop signs have kanji on them.
Resident of Little Tokyo walks on First Street in his neighborhood in L.A.

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The Writing on the Wall: Art as Space for Community Voice

Dr. Dipti Desai examines artist Sheila de Bretteville’s public installation in LA’s Little Tokyo, Omoide no Shotokyo . Made as a participatory community art piece, Desai discusses how de Bretteville invites questions about the ethical issues in artworks that center on the history and experiences of a community—specifically a community subject to anti-immigrant sentiment during World War II.

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