Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970s-1980s.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection
Title: Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection
Dates: circa 1970s-1980s
Language: Materials are in English,Japanese, and Spanish.
Accession No: 2009-01
Extent: 201 Digital files/DVDs.

Creator Sketch

The Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO) was founded in 1973 in the midst of the Little Tokyo Project, which was adopted by the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles in order to redevelop the neighborhood. LTPRO challenged the ongoing evictions caused by the redevelopment efforts and assisted community businesses and long-time senior residents, who were in danger of displacement by transnational companies. It sought to maintain housing and sustainable living conditions for Japanese American working class people.

Scope and Contents

The Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970-1980s , consists of over 200 DVDs on the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO). DVDs include footage of interviews with residents and activists, meetings with organizations, and the LTPRO's protests and actions to stop eviction. Footage from this collection was used in Visual Communications' film “Something's Rotten in Little Tokyo.”

Organization and Arrangement

The holdings are in a single series of DVDs consisting of footage of the interviews, meetings, and protests that made up LTPro's agenda. Interviews are mostly in English, with a select few in Japanese and Spanish.

Alternate Format Available

There are 200 U-matic ¾” tapes (approx. 4000 minutes). Due to the fragility of the original U-matic tapes, the access DVDs should be viewed.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use. Advance notice required for access. Contact repository for appointment.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)

Abe, George
Alphonso
Bakke, Allan Paul
Bernardi, Ernani
Bradley, Tom
Cullen, Thomas
Davis, Rick
Embry, Sue
Flint, Putnam Frank
Reverend Fujita
Furutani, Warren
Hedges, Virginia
Helfeld, Edward
Inada, Lawson
Ishi, Howard
Isomoto, Glen
Mrs. Itabashi
Ito, Kenji
Iwasaki, Bruce
Kochiyama, Bill
Kochiyama, Yuri
Kondo, Allan
Lau, Alan
Lewis, David
Lindsay, Gilbert
Margullies, Bob
Mr. Miyano
Mori, Jonny
Naito, Chris
Nakano, Burt
Nakano, Lillian
Oh, Michael
Solomon, Richard
Suzuki, Mas
Mr. Tatsumi
Todo, Lindsay
Commissioner Uchida
Verano, Johnny
Wilmers, Everett T.
Yamashita family

Subjects (Organizations)

Agape Ministries
Amerasia (book store)
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Central City Development Corporation
Los Angeles (Calif.) City Council
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, California
Japanese Cultural and Community Center
East-West Corporation
Ginza Discount Imports
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Housing Services for City of LA Program
LEAST Program
Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization
Kikkoman Corporation
Japan Foods (company)
Japanese American Citizens League National Council
Japanese Welfare Rights Organization
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles
Nobuko's dance company
Occidental Student Union
Pan American World Airways, Inc.
Southern California Asian American Studies Central/Visual Communications
Southwestern Clinical Law Center
Southwestern University School of Law
Sun's Cafe
Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Union Bank
Union Church of LA
United States, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Venice Anti-Redevelopment Council
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects

Affordable housing
African Americans
Asian Americans
Asian American musicians
Boycotts
City planning and redevelopment law--United States--Cases
Community churches
Community development, Urban
Community organization
Earthquake relief--Law and legislation
Ethnotourism
Eviction
Filipinos
Forced migration
Gentrification
Historic hotels
Hotels--Public relations
House buying--costs
Housing policy
Immigrants
Income taxes--United States
International business enterprise
Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans--Evaculation and relocation, 1942-1945
Labor
Low-income housing--United States
Low-income tenants
Mexico--Emigration and immigration
Older people--Housing
Peace movements
Police brutality--United States
Protest movements
Public housing--United States--Management
Race discrimination
Third World
United States--Emigration and immigration--Social aspects
U.S. States--Race Relations
Women's rights--United States--History--20th century
Working class--United States--History--20th century

Places

1st Street and San Pedro Street
2nd Street
Alan Hotel
Alan Hotel Annex
AON Skyscraper
Asahi Shoes and Dry Goods
Bank of America
Bixby Hotel
Bonaventure Hotel
Boston (Mass.)
Buddhist Temple
Bunker Hill--Los Angeles (Calif.)
Central Avenue
Chicago (Ill.)
City Hall--Los Angeles (Calif.)
Downtown--Los Angeles (Calif.)
Dream Island
Eagle Liquor Store
Gardena (Calif.)
Ginza (Tokyo, Japan)
Hawaii
Japan Center
Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Japanese Cultural and Community Center
Japanese Community Pioneer Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Japanese Village Plaza
Japantown Bowl
Kajima Corp.
Kitetsu Building
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Little Tokyo Gardens
Long Beach (Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Los Angeles County (Calif.)
Manzanar (Calif.)
Mar Buena (Calif.)
Mar Villa (Calif.)
Mitsui Travel Service
Miyako Hotel
Monterey Park
New Otani Hotel
Nihon Mahi Tower
Nippon Book Co.
Olvera Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Orange County Buddhist Church
Panama Hotel
Sacramento County (Calif.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
San Pedro Street (Calif.)
Sato Hotel
Senshin Temple
South Bay (Calif.)
Washington, D.C.
Weller Court/Triangle

Preferred Citation

Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970s-1980s. Visual Communications Archives and Media Resource Library.

Separated Material

Photographs of LTPro activities are available in photo collections at Visual Communications.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and digitized by Jeff Liu in 2009. Finding aid written and encoded by Robin Chang in August 2014.

Detailed Description of the Materials

 

Inventory

 

DVDs, circa 1970s-1980s

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1130

Virginia Hedges and the Department of Housing and Urban Development

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1131

Determination of low income housing with CRA

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1132

Consequences of Redevelopment

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1133

Relocated Tenants and New Tenants

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1134

Mrs. Itabashi at Home

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1135

Mrs. Itabashi at Home Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1136

Mrs. Itabashi and Nakano Family

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1137

Mrs. Itabashi at Home Pt. 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1138

Untitled

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1140

Mr. Tatsumi at Home

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1141

LT Housing Mr. Tatsumi 2-1-78, Roll-2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1142

Mr. Tatsumi at Home Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1143

Daily Life of Mr. Tatsumi

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1144

Portrait of Los Angeles Housing

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1145

Housing Market Crisis

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1146

Poor Housing Construction Practices

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1147

HUD Housing Projects

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1148

Burt and Lillian Nakano Community Involvement

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1149

Lillian and Burt Nakano: Roll #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1150

Solomon 2-10-78 #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1151

Solomon 2-10-78 #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1152

Solomon 2-10-78 #3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1153

LT Shots: Shops and interview with store owner, 2-4-78 #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1154

Griffith Park, Produce Market, Nakano's - Lillian Painting

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1155

LT Housing Tape, 1-10-78, Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1156

LT Housing Tape, 1-11-78, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1158

Still Photos of Little Tokyo Inhabitants

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1159

Little Tokyo Businesses

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1160

Interview with Alphonso

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1161

Interview with Alphonso Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1162

Little Tokyo Street View

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1163

Japanese Americans in Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1164

Large business Impact

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1165

Kaku Interview - Eviction Notices

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1166

Kaku Interview - Old Businesses in Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1167

Interview with Johnny about Housing

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1168

Johnny Verano at Kaukau (shooting pool)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1169

Bruce Iwasaki

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1170

Amerasia Bookstore

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1171

Amerasica BkStore 2-9-89 (2)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1172

Amerasia 3 2-9-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1173

Amerasia Bkstore 2-9-78 #4

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1174

LT Housing, Alphonso, 1-31-78 Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1175

LT Housing Interview w/ Alphonso

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1176

LT Housing Alphonso 1-31-78 Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1177

LT Scenics Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1178

LT Scenics, 2-16-78 #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1179

LT Scenics Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1180

LT Scenics Roll 4 2-16-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1181

LT Scenics #1 1/18/78 Sat.

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1182

LT Scenics #2 1/18/78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1183

LT Scenics #3 2/18/78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1184

I-Hotel

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1185

1st St. in Rain 2-7-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1186

LA Pickups 2-21-78 #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1187

Housing Tape Rough Cut B

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1188

Housing Tape Rough Cut A

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1189

Rough

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1190

ONO-R1, Int., 10-21-76, Roll1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1191

ONO, Int., Kajima Building, 10-21-76 Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1192

ONO Int., Kajima Building, 10-21-76 Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1193

ONO Int., Kajima Building, 10-21 Roll 4

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1194

S. Hinotsu, 10/26/76 Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1195

Downtown Pickups 1-3, Saburo/Shamisen, 4/8

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1196

LT Pickups, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1197

LT 1st Pickups, Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1198

CRA Board Mtg, Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1199

Interview with Chiyo, 2/25, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1200

City Council, 2/21 Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1201

City Council 2/28, CRA2, Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1202

City Council, 2/28 Roll 4

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1203

City Council #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1204

Pico-Union + Fox Hills, 3-3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1205

Sun Hotel Mtg., March + Mike, Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1206

J. Town Ext and Int. 3-10-77 1-2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1207

Streetview of Little Tokyo Businesses

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1208

Community Activities in Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1209

LTPro Picket at Sun Building, 6-5, Roll #1 1-3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1210

Residents talk to CRA Representative

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1211

Preparation for Sun Hotel Rally and Repair Drive

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1212

Sun Hotel Residents Speak

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1213

Sun Hotel Rally and Repair Day

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1214

Bunker Hill residents and Interview with Glen Isomoto, Bookstore owner, baker

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1215

Little Tokyo Residents and CRA Board

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1216

Residents of Little Tokyo Towers, New Otani Hotel, and Little Tokyo Businesses

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1217

Interview with mechanic and protest poster and banners

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1218

Photographs and CRA Board Meeting with Edward Helfeld and Mr. Kane

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1219

CRA Board Meeting with David Lewis

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1220

Redevelopment Plan

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1221

Untitled

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1222

Untitled

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1223

People of Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1224

Rallies against Redevelopment

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1225

Speakers at Anti-Redevelopment Rallies

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1226

Interview with Barber

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1227

Sorority Girls in Holiday Bowl

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1228

Different Community Musical Groups

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1229

Performances by Bandits and Alan Lau

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1230

Poem by Lawson Inada

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1231

Performance by Lawson Inada

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1232

Lawson Inada Performance and Meeting with CRA (Mike)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1233

Lawson Inada Poem and City Council Meeting

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1234

Asian American Artistic Performances

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1235

Demonstration against Bakke

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1236

Residents of Little Tokyo Low Income Housing

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1237

Residents speaking against Redevelopment

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1238

Interview with Clarence

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1239

Interview with Clarence Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1240

Itabashi Sun Building, 1-20, Roll 5

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1241

Itabashi Household

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1242

Itabashi Family Socializing

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1243

Little Tokyo Residents Socializing

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1244

Protest at Tom Bradley Visit

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1245

Interview with Howard Ishi

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1246

Interview with Howard Ishi Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1247

Nobuko’s Dance Company

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1248

Businesses in Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1249

Businesses in Little Tokyo Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1250

Interview with Luis

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1251

Interview with Luis Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1252

Interview with Luis Pt. 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1253

Interview with Glen Isomoto

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1254

Construction Impact on Little Tokyo

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1255

Interviews with Barber and Grocery store Owner

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1256

Nobuko’s Dance Company Rehearsal

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1257

Documentary of Japanese Family

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1258

Documentary of Japanese Family Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1259

Dream Island Documentary

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1260

Mochi Store and other Storefronts

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1261

Street Views of Little Tokyo Businesses

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1262

Street Views of Little Tokyo Businesses Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1263

American Made (Musical)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1264

American Made (Musical) Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1265

Interview with JWRO Members and Chris Naito

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1266

Talks with CRA

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1267

Discussion with CRA

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1268

Discussion with CRA Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1269

Meeting with Japanese American Leaders and Municipal Government

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1270

Religious Ceremonies

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1271

Interview with David - Japan Foods Corp, and Yoshio Ono

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1272

Lucy (LTPRO) and Harold Ono with Protestors

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1273

Protest against Bakke Decision

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1274

Protest against Bakke Decision Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1275

Protest against Bakke Decision Pt. 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1276

JA Holiday Bowl 6-13-78 #2, Nobuko's Chinatown 9-8-79, Dance 2nd Half

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1277

Less Rotten, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1278

CDAC Mtg - Downtown + Pico Union: 2-3, 11-18-76, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1279

28th Anniversary, Program - Indoor, 10-1-1977

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1280

City Council, 2/28, Roll 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1281

S.A. Interview, 2/26, Roll 3 (LTCDAC Mtg. 1-27-77, Roll 5)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1282

Freddy Powell, 3-10-77

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1283

S.H. Interview, 2/26, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1284

Lindsay, 1-12-77, Roll1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1285

Charles McClung, 4-12, 15 min.

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1286

Stearns Miners 4-6-78, Roll 1 (Highlander Center, Box 370 route 3, New Market, Tenn, 37820)

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1287

Stearns Miners Oct. 17, 1977, Highlander Center, Roll 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1288

S.H. Interview, 2/26, Roll 1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1289

Edward Dickes @ VC, 3/30, Roll 2 02000000

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1290

SB Demo 6-13, Mukaeda Confrontation

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1291

Terrence O'Connor #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1292

Hiro/TAD at Yamada and Komatsu 1-6-80, #2, Tatsumi, 1-19

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1293

Yamashita Home

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1294

JA Tape Yamashita House

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1295

JA Tape #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1296

Samsara

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1297

JA Tape, 6-28-78, #4

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1298

JA Tape: Dialogue, 6-25-78, #5

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1299

Montage Pickups Senshin, 7-23-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1300

Little Tokyo Sign, 9-14-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1301

JA Tape, LT, 6-22-78, #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1302

JA tape, 6-25, #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1303

Little Tokyo, 6-21-78, #1

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1304

City Hall, Parker Center Women's Basketball

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1305

Still Photo Test, 4-7-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1306

Bunker Hill Slides - etc., Historical Photos - IT + evacuation

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1307

Still, redev.

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1308

Historical stills + camp stills, reject!

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1309

Historical stills, Take 3, 8-11-78, Tape 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1310

JA Stills 2nd time around cause 1st time was CAC KAKA

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1311

Qris Yamashita Open and Close Titles Original 28 Sept.

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1312

JA Tape has no music or obachan narration

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1313

JA Tape, Super 8 and Slide transfer by compact video, 8-10-78

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1314

Manzanar Pilgrimage

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1315

Manzanar Pilgrimage Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1316

Manzanar Pilgrimage Pt. 3

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1317

Manzanar Pilgrimage Pt. 4

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1318

Manzanar Pilgrimage Pt. 5

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1328

Music and Poetry Performances

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1329

Performances with Dancers and East West Players

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1330

Mako Performance; Jun and Dan Kuramoto

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1331

Jun and Dan Kuramoto Duet

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1468

Little Tokyo Anti-Redevelopment Protest

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1469

LT Project Demonstration Roll #2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1470

Actor Rehearsals

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1471

Anti-Bakke Rally; Meeting with CRA Representatives

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1472

“Something’s Rotten” Clips

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1473

Interview with Tom Cullen

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1474

Interview with Dilkes

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1475

Interview with Helfeld

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1476

Interview with Helfeld Pt. 2

dvd Little Tokyo Redevelopment 1477

Traditional Japanese Folk Dance