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June 16, 1991
Regarding your series of articles on multiculturalism in the arts (June 2 and 9): Multiculturalism is not an issue that affects only universities and the arts community. As an Anglo teacher at a public high school in East Los Angeles, I often feel on the front lines of this debate. I recently asked my 11th-grade composition students to rank the most important areas in which they wished to be "educated" before leaving high school. At the top of the list for most of them was "a knowledge of the world community and our place in it."
December 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
March 21, 2001
Gregory Rodriguez ("The Future Americans," Opinion, March 18) is wrong in his views of multicultural history and society. He defines multiculturalism as an "ideology that promotes the permanent coexistence of separate but equal cultures." This bogus definition and argument paint a monolithic national picture of divisiveness and difference created by, you guessed it, people of color and language minorities. After constructing this view of multiculturalism, Rodriguez compares it with the old and discredited view of America as a cultural "melting pot," in which racism used to play a significant role.
December 10, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
As feature animation becomes an increasingly crowded field, the pressure to create appealing and enduring characters with thrift and speed has intensified. Five directors recently came together for the Envelope Animation Round Table to discuss the artistic and business forces driving the medium today. In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Lee ("Frozen"), Chris Renaud ("Despicable Me 2"), Chris Sanders ("The Croods"), Dan Scanlon ("Monsters University") and Chris Wedge ("Epic")
March 6, 1994
The Coalition for Family Unity (Coalicion Pro-Unidad Familiar) is sponsoring its second Carnival and Multicultural Family Festival at Pico Boulevard and Alvarado Street beginning Thursday through March 14. The event features carnival rides and information booths and, on March 13, a festival with music and folklore from various cultures performed by community residents. The carnival begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon on Saturday and March 13, and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. March 14.
June 23, 1991
In response to your articles on multiculturalism in the arts (June 2 and 9): Multiculturalism was at the center of a recent debate at the Southwest Museum by a group of professional storytellers and storytelling enthusiasts. Some people stated that storytellers should tell stories from their own cultures, while others said good storytellers should not be bound by such restrictions. For example, a Native American storyteller felt that the essence of Native American stories is violated if they are not told with a deep understanding and awareness of the culture.
July 19, 1992
As the parent of a first-grader attending our neighborhood school in Santa Monica, I read with interest the article about the multicultural picnic ("Child's Play," July 3). If the private-school children were enrolled in their local public school, I think the parents would find such contrived arrangements unnecessary. Their children would meet friends from varied backgrounds on a natural, daily basis. By becoming involved in the public school program, the adults could make a positive contribution to improving the educational opportunities for many more children than just their own. MARY FOSTER MICHEL Santa Monica
February 20, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Students at San Clemente High School took time from their regular studies Friday to focus on the concept of "We Share One World" during a festive multicultural fair, the culmination of activities designed to foster tolerance. While some students sang at a karaoke machine, others snacked on international foods, learned about the art of origami and helped build a peace quilt during the activities in the school's Triton Center.
February 14, 1993 | DANIEL REICH, Daniel Reich is a senior at Yale majoring in math and physics.
Perhaps no campus debate in recent years has received as much attention, and inflamed as many passions, as the one over multiculturalism. At Yale, the college newspaper has been inundated with articles on the subject. All this has served to obscure the original--and flawed--idea of multiculturalism. According to its minority advocates, multiculturalism rejects assimilation.
July 27, 2013 | Frank Shyong
In its heyday, Empress Pavilion fielded an army of 100 employees that brought the restaurant to life at dawn; a crew of 20 prep cooks chopped vegetables, wrapped dumplings and crimped shumai. When doors opened at 9 a.m., a squadron of waitresses armed with steam carts fanned out across a vast 600-seat dining room, hawking tins of black bean spare rib and har gow in three languages. The wait to get in could last two hours. Empress Pavilion -- behind on rent and struggling to find customers -- closed earlier this summer, the latest blow in Chinatown's three decades of slow decline.
June 3, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although it has some of the new-colt wobbliness common to newborn series, "The Fosters," which premieres Monday on ABC Family, gets on its legs pretty quickly. Created by the alliterative team of Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, whose main previous writing credit is the short-lived CW reality series "Fly Girls" - a peek back into the archives reminds me that I did not like it much at all - and with Jennifer Lopez as a celebrity executive producer, it is a blended-family series that leaves no stone unblended.
December 11, 2012 | By Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
The Mexican American banda singer Jenni Rivera was a major star in the Spanish-speaking world. She was poised to become a multicultural star too. Already the star of the popular bilingual cable reality show "I Love Jenni," she had recently filmed her first English-language feature movie and was on deck to produce - and star in - a pilot for an ABC television series loosely based on her life. The Long Beach-born pop singer also had introduced her own makeup line, and a perfume, Jenni by Jenni Rivera, sold at Sears, and had partnered with NuMe on a line of expensive blow dryers and flat irons.
October 20, 2012 | By Bill Esparza
The last undiscovered ethnic culinary enclave in L.A. might be a dozen-plus Belizean restaurants in the South Los Angeles area, a "Little Belize" offering the multi-culti flavors of the tiny country formerly known as British Honduras. Drive south from the 10 Freeway down Western Avenue to the limits of South L.A. and into Gardena you'll encounter a cache of Caribbean culture, where food is ordered in Belizean Kriol, an English-based Creole language that teases but evades comprehension.
September 1, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As dusk fell over the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park one recent Friday, Eddie Cota drank in the scene with quiet satisfaction. On the lawn, kids and adults executed Brazilian capoeira moves while an impromptu drumming coterie tapped out muscular rhythms. Nearby, vendors selling tamales and pupusas did a brisk trade with Central American and Mexican families who were popping open picnic coolers, while clumps of twentysomethings spread blankets and snogged under the trees.
August 13, 2012 | By K.C. Johnson
LONDON - They used words like "passion" and "embrace" and emphasized the tagline "a city leaps forward. " But Leonardo Gryner, chief executive of Rio de Janeiro's organizing committee, perhaps put it best when he offered a hint of what to expect at the 2016 Olympics in the Carnival City. "In Brazil, as you know, we like to party," Gryner said at a news conference. Rio received the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony for the London Games on Sunday night, unveiling 250 dancers and musicians in an eight-minute ceremony that officials said was designed to showcase the city's "multicultural embrace.
July 23, 2012 | By David Ng
LA JOLLA - The controversy over the casting of a new musical set in China with mostly non-Asians provoked a series of heated exchanges at a public forum arranged by the La Jolla Playhouse. The casting of “The Nightingale,” written by Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” collaborators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, has drawn sharp criticism. The musical, adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and set in ancient China, features a multicultural cast of 12, with two actors of Asian descent in supporting roles.
May 26, 2012 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Michel Kouakou arrived in New York City in 2004, the Ivory Coast immigrant took a job at Whole Foods to pay the rent while pursuing his dream of finding success in the dance world. "But I was very clear with the store manager. I told him I'm a dancer and that this is temporary, that my first love is art," he says. Kouakou, in fact, soon quit his day job. Having left his country in 1999 for a nomadic existence in Europe and Asia, he had already cultivated a reputation as a virtuosic dancer and risk-taking choreographer, equally fluent in the tribal dances he learned in his youth and the aesthetics of cutting-edge European contemporary dance.
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