ARLT 100_First paper_Interview in Los Angeles

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Class: ARLT 100 Interview on Los Angeles Preface
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My initial perspective about Los Angeles is actually very positive. I though that Los Angeles is a very interesting place where it is full of diversity, both in the races and personalities perspectives. Even as a person who live in Hong Kong, I have already heard about the unique culture in Los Angeles long time ago- a city that is mixed with different cultures-. This is the reason why I choose to come to USC; Los Angeles is a perfect place to meet different kinds of people and study different kinds of culture, and getting to observe such a diverse city is my dream. However, things are not exactly like what I have expected, especially after reading the book Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 written by Deavere Smilth, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley and some articles written by others. Before I came to Los Angeles, I though Los Angeles should have not racism because I assume that diversity should have created a new culture that has combined all the other ones, and people’s difference should not be significant. However, after reading Twilight, I felt that the author has shown the side of isolation in Los Angeles. She interviewed different a diverse range of people, and from those interview, I discover there are still a lot of conflicts between races and social classes. It is very surprising to know when I first acknowledge this matter because I used to assume that diversity create conformity; at least that’s how it is in Hong Kong. But according to Twilight, its brought out the idea that diversity create isolation. There must be a
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From the book Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and also from the article “Watts- Little Rome” writing by Sonora Mckeller, I find out that one’s personal experiences has great influenced about their perspective about a city. From both of these resources, they provided evidence of how people that live in bad neighborhood would see the problems of police corruption, poverty, moral vales, racism, poor education system, and discrimination. Many of us might not see these problems even though we might have lived in Los Angeles for a long time because we never have the experiences living in those neighborhoods and looking at those problems as a first person experience. The objective of this paper is to interview a diverse rage of people that lives in Los Angeles and compare/contrast their opinions within that group and also with the readings. Through this format, I would be able to prove that personal experiences play a big role while viewing a city, which here would be Los Angeles. Since all the readings we have been reading in the class were mostly focusing on people who has negative experiences about Los Angeles, I think it would be more accurate to interview people that have different backgrounds than the characters in our readings. Los Angeles, the Land of Opportunities
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Summer '07 term at USC.

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ARLT 100_First paper_Interview in Los Angeles - Class: ARLT...

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