Under the Dragon: California's New Culture

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Oakland Museum of California, 2007 - Social Science - 159 pages
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Cultural Writing. Photography. Essays. UNDER THE DRAGON is a fascinating look at the way individuals are building their own identities from an increasingly diverse pool, whether they are African American Buddhists, Latino Muslims, or a group of Mien students who invented their own cultural dance to celebrate their ethnic "heritage." The old paradigm of the melting pot and phrases like "ethnic diversity" can no longer describe the freedom with which more and more Americans are modifying and assimilating cultural elements across ethnic lines. "Ambitious and marvelously vibrant, UNDER THE DRAGON provides a captivating and astutely documented take on California's changing cultural and ethnic intersections. It offers, by arresting photographic example, a fresh lesson in the things that divide and unite us all" --Chandra Prasad.

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Lonny Shavelson is an emergency room physician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, a photojournalist, and coauthor with Fred Setterberg of "Toxic Nation: The Fight to Save our Communities from Chemical Contamination" (1993).

Setterberg is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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