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October 22, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
For Hollywood, the decision this week by delegates to a key United Nations agency to back a treaty to promote cultural diversity is reading like the script to a bad sequel. On Friday, the Motion Picture Assn. of America trade group warned in a statement that the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization accord was protectionism in disguise, the latest attempt by some countries to enact barriers that could allow them to restrict the importing of American movies and music.
July 5, 1997
Before Mike Piazza claimed team diversity impeded winning, he might have checked Dodger history. The Boys of Summer overcame deep racial bias, hate mail and death threats associated with Jackie Robinson and won championships. SHEL KAPLAN Rancho Palos Verdes Thank you, Mike Piazza, for doing in one interview what I have been trying to do in the last year while teaching seventh- and eighth-graders. You made it perfectly obvious why they should not look up to sports figures as heroes.
June 27, 1997 | CHRIS BAKER
The fallout from Mike Piazza's comments in Thursday's Times that the Dodgers' cultural diversity affects performance on the field was immediate. Someone put a definition of chemistry on the clubhouse bulletin board next to the lineups. "Billy Ashley called me chemical man," said Piazza, who was mobbed by the media before the game. "I thought there was nothing negative in the article toward my teammates or management.
October 9, 1993
As Richard Stayton accurately stated in his review of "The Foreigner" at the Pasadena Playhouse, the comedy is about a neurotically shy Englishman's masquerade (" 'Foreigner' Hits Nerves, Funny Bones," Sept. 21). But then Stayton goes on to say that "underneath its silly surface lie serious lessons about tolerance, cultural diversity, and our growing fear of immigrants." Not in the play I saw. None of the characters either expressed or intimated a fear of immigrants. Rather, they were enchanted with the foreigner and his strange language in their midst.
December 19, 1993
I'm acquainted with Vanessa Poster and agree with her on a variety of matters. But I must strongly disagree with her letter regarding a Nativity scene in a public park (Letters to the South Bay Editor, Dec. 3, "American Spiritual Liberties Union"). If the Redondo Beach City Council justifies its decision by noting other religions are welcome to display their traditional holiday symbols, this is not called naivete, as Poster claims; this is called inclusiveness. The ASLU cannot be penalized if other religions don't "have the finances and the elaborate decorations already prepared for public display."
October 24, 2005
A UNITED NATIONS AGENCY smacked Hollywood last week with a rolled-up parchment, adopting a "cultural diversity" convention that says countries may subsidize or shelter their local creative industries. To the U.S. government -- joined only by Israel in voting against the document -- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's convention was thinly veiled protectionism.
February 4, 1993
The Cultural Awareness and Resource Exchange group, or CARE, will meet tonight to discuss ways to promote cultural diversity in a city that is 52% non-white. The group, which formed last year, sponsored a multicultural concert in August.
November 26, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
With hopes of enriching Anaheim-area schools with the number of different cultures now flooding the city, the Anaheim Youth Commission has developed a blueprint to encourage cultural learning experiences. The plan targets both in-class and extracurricular activities that high schools could establish to better familiarize students with ethnic groups.
September 27, 1990
I read with amusement the statements made by Councilman Robert Farrell concerning the ordinance to outlaw animal sacrifices practiced by groups such as satanic cults and Santeria adherents ("Animal Sacrifice Ban Gains," Part B, Sept. 19). Farrell argues that because sacrifice is an expression of people's faith, we must be careful in applying our middle-class standards and consider this a "challenge to the cultural diversity of our city and the tolerance of religious practices." What twaddle.
March 31, 1997
Re Peter Ellenstein's response to Laurie Winer's review of "Methuselah" performed by the Los Angeles Repertory Co. ("Criticism of 'Methuselah' Overlooks Its Worthiness," Counterpunch, March 17): I was proud to be performing in ["Methuselah"]. Ellenstein drew attention to Winer's use of the word "loopy." This is a word that trips happily off the tongue of my 7-year-old son but is hardly indicative of deep thought. Ellenstein's article has made me aware that the critic has a greater responsibility to a city of such cultural diversity where the theater's hold on the public imagination is tenuous.
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