Notes - 1.14.2008 Professor Manuel Pastor Echo Park Cuban...

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1.14.2008 Professor Manuel Pastor Echo Park – Cuban start, statue of Jose Martin What does the American dream mean to people of the world? Why is Los Angeles the epitome of that? Three Main Themes o Justice – People felt persecuted in foreign lands and gave the states a chance for justice, we pride ourselves on our justice system, at the same time we are a country founded with slavery in the constitution and justice decisions that are shocking o Opportunity – people come to the United States to make an opportunity for themselves, Los Angeles was transformed from a desert into a city, the downside is that Los Angeles is now the capital of the working poor (highest level of people working full time that still live below the poverty level), upward mobility is increasingly blocked o Reinvention – archetypical place of reinvention, Hollywood makes dreams, people refashion their lives, Mecca for immigration, constantly being reinvented – now has a downtown that is alive Three Strategies o Bring Los Angeles into the classroom – involves some reading but also involves bringing people involved in the issues and struggles of Los Angeles to come and speak o Bring classroom out to LA – maybe a field trip o Constantly think about Los Angeles as a metaphor for the country, its dreams, and more universal things Three Skills o Reading – learn to read different material differently Writing – active, engaged, and disciplined o Analysis – making connections in writing and conversations, he distinguishes students by connections between unrelated materials Books o Mike Davis – City of Quartz
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Truck driver when he wrote the book, won a MacArthur Genius Award for having written the book, get the gist of what he says o Reluctant Metropolis Straightforward history of the city o Reinventing Los Angeles Brand-new book, written by a professor at Occidental College, activist in social change, brings himself into the book o Southland About a young Japanese American woman, goes through the history and society of Los Angeles 1.16.2008 Cinco de Mayo is only celebrated in the states The American Dream o Universal o Particular o Ownership – status, money, freedom, equality o Mobility Chart Interpretation o Despite political and social progress there are still tremendous income gaps that cannot be fully explained by education o California foreshadows the future of the US and Los Angeles foreshadows the future of California Mike Davis Book o Theme of reinvention – clear in the introduction, describes a socialist fantasy o Two stories about Los Angeles Sunny side, land of reinvention, 1984 Olympics, considered a multi-cultural paradise (contrast with blade runner)
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Los Angeles as an anti-intellectual location, always looked down on as a place with not much culture or intellect Universities weren’t really that good, tries to play with that notion, he lifts up and uncovers the intellectual history, he himself is also trying to be an intellectual (number of references to obscure literature, playing with words)
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