When I Think of Home: Images from L.A. ArchivesMain MenuIntroductionThe greater Los Angeles area is on the traditional lands of the Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Yuhaaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano) peoples. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water and to their ancestors.L.A. FirstsMigration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and HappinessThe Community and Cultural Enclaves of L.A.Los Angeles Architecture and LandscapesHistoric Home MuseumsContributorsChronologyMapping the ExhibitAcknowledgementsWhen I Think of Home: Images from L.A. Archives is the first digital History Keepers exhibit produced for the annual Archives Bazaar and would not have been possible without the collaboration of LAAS members and Archive Bazaar Exhibit subcommittee members.
12020-09-30T15:39:03-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310113July, 1978, Los Angeles Little Tokyo: As dancers go through their routine, a crew of cinematographers shoot a scene recreating the 1935 Nisei Week Grand Parade and ondo as part of Visual Communications' feature-length narrative HITO HATA: RAISE THE BANNER. Capturing the spirit and energy of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival required the participation of nearly 200 performers and extras, as well as the unprecedented good-will of Little Tokyo merchants who were notorious for refusing to allow film crews to close down the streets of Little Tokyo for Hollywood movie productions.plain2020-10-12T14:11:06-07:0007/01/1978Visual CommunicationsIn CopyrightPhoto: Ed Ikuta/Visual Communications Photographic ArchiveLos Angeles, Calif.Ed Ikuta (Photographer)Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e
1term2020-10-05T17:36:05-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64Visual CommunicationsLikhita Suresh3Based in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles, VC was founded in 1970 by a group of pioneering independent filmmakers to record, collect, and preserve a visual record of Asian Pacific American cultural heritage. VC originally worked as a film collective, concentrating on honestly portraying accurate images of Asian Americans and meticulously capturing pivotal social movements. VC produced groundbreaking works about the Asian American experience, including: CHINATOWN 2-STEP, a documentary on the suburbanization of Chinese American community in Los Angeles and the role of the Chinatown Drum and Bugle Corps; MANONG, a film on the first generation Filipino American immigrants; and WATARIDORI, a documentary on early Japanese American immigrant pioneers. VC published three books, In Movement: A Pictorial History of Asian Pacific America, Little Tokyo: One Hundred Years in Pictures, and Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts. Productions were used for education and activism that addressed setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource for researchers of the Asian Pacific American movements. The Archives’ purpose is to document the history of the organization by organizing, preserving, and creating access to a variety of media art and primary materials recording impactful political moments and depicting the Asian Pacific American heritage for staff use, as well as by scholars who are interested in Visual Communications’ role in the Asian American communities and history. The holdings include over 300,000 photographic images, 1,500 titles in the Media Resource Library, 100 films and videos produced by Visual Communications, and over 1,000 hours of oral histories of pan-Asian Pacific American content. As a valuable resource of Asian media art representations, The Archives is open to a wide variety of users, and we encourage the public, artists, filmmakers, students, faculty and others to pursue an intercultural understanding of the Asian American heritage. VC’s vision for the archives is to accurately reflect and represent the diversity of the American populace and to cement Asian Pacific American experiences in the historical record through the preservation, access, and dissemination of our materials, which provide historical context and insight of Asian Pacific American influence not only for Asian Pacific Americans, but also for all Americans.structured_gallery2020-10-09T12:42:36-07:00Likhita Sureshfa36a2f3506609c5e2c064df653783c84fd35c54