An unconventional forum on California’s global diversity and the cultural fusion of place is the subject of Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight being held at Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach on September 22 from 1 to 4:30 pm.
Gustavo Arellano, Editor of the OC Weekly and author of the nationally bestselling book, ¡Ask a Mexican!, and multi-media historian Philip Ethington, Professor of History at the University of Southern California; renowned author Susan Straight, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside; Oliver Wang, a regular writer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and leading scholar and expert on Asian hip-hop culture; and Wendy Cheng, whose forthcoming book (Oct 2013), The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California explores the multi-cultural reality of the San Gabriel Valley today. Essayist, poet, blogger and author D.J. Waldie moderates with the Rancho's Claudia Jurmain, Director of Special Projects and Publications.
When & Where
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens
Rancho Los Alamitos is a place for all time listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice—for its significance as the Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, its adobe core ranch house ca. 1800, and four acres of lush historic garden and barnyard dating from the early-mid 20th century.
A brand-new Rancho Center with a permanent exhibition, related program facilities, and the restored historic barns area connect 21st Century audiences with the incomparable Southern California landscape, people, and story. The exceptional site echoes the regional culture and environment over time, including the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of the 20th Century. Today the Rancho speaks to recurring issues in our time through its Conversations In Place series.