Los Angeles and American Studies in a Pacific World of Migrations

@article{Yu2004LosAA,
  title={Los Angeles and American Studies in a Pacific World of Migrations},
  author={Henry Yu},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  year={2004},
  volume={56},
  pages={531 - 543}
}
In this essay Henry Yu argues for using migration to re-imagine American studies. He begins by observing how Los Angeles is notable for the atypical way in which it is usually understood as a place of origin, with its most famous inhabitants often having come from somewhere else. This rootless sense of belonging, rather than making Los Angeles an aberration, can serve as a model for understanding how migration defines local places. Using family migration as an illustrative example, Yu charts… CONTINUE READING

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