Features

Leaving Home

Lisa See’s“The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” is a story of separation in China’s Yunnan Province and its impact on lives thereafter. Read an excerpt here.

American Limbo

An alumna who came to the United States as a 10-year-old writes about the importance of the DACA program. To shield her from possible deportation if DACA is rescinded, her identity is purposely being withheld.

What You See

What happens to a representative political system when truth and reality become contested, or even subverted, by actors within the institution itself?

Middle of Nowhere

The U.S. middle class, which was built with New Deal policies of the 1930s, has been getting squeezed and shrunk for decades. But what are we doing about it?

This Is Indian Country

For most of the past century, a migration has been taking place within the United States: Native Americans have been moving from tribal and rural lands to America’s cities. Today, Los Angeles has become the “urban Indian capital of the United States.”

The Duke: Don Klosterman ’52

On January 12, 2016, National Football League owners approved the return of the Rams to Los Angeles. It was a day that the late Don Klosterman ’52, who helped shape the history of pro football in L.A., would have celebrated. Former L.A. Times sportswriter Chris Dufresne tells the Duke’s story.

Muslim U.S.A.

During the 2016 U.S. election process, fear of Muslims became a thread used to tie terrorists and extremists to suspicion of Muslim Americans. Here at LMU, Muslims have been participating in and contributing to the university’s culture for some time. We asked some to describe their faith, lives and experience in the United States. If we fear what we do not know, let this be an introduction.—The Editor

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Jumping Time

What are we supposed to do in life and how do we figure out how to do it? Los Angeles writer Lynell George ’84 has been talking with L.A. artists about the fault line between seeing the path of one’s life and staying on it. She tells us what she’s seen and learned.

Toxic Waters: DDT in the Bay

For more than three decades, DDT was produced at the Montrose chemical plant in Torrance and dumped into Palos Verdes’ coastal waters. In 1996, the offshore site, considered by some the largest deposit of DDT in the world, was added to the EPA list of Superfund sites. Over the years, DDT spread to the Santa Monica Bay. The accurate measurement of the pesticide’s presence — the focus of Rachel Adams’ research — is crucial for assessing water quality in the bay.

Hunger Strike

David L. Ulin explores political reality and fictional dystopia in “The Hunger Games” films with director Francis Lawrence ’91.