Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xi

When I was a child growing up in North County San Diego, about once every couple of months my parents would pack up an empty ice chest, along with me, my grandparents, and my brother, and we would drive the hundred miles to Monterey Park, in Los Angeles’s San Gabriel Valley, to stock up on ingredients...

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Introduction: Theorizing Regional Racial Formation

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pp. 1-22

Laura Aguilar, a forty-seven-year-old1 Chicana artist living in Los Angeles’s West San Gabriel Valley (SGV), can trace her family back five generations in the area, since before the U.S. conquest of Alta California. In 2007, when I interviewed her for the research that would eventually become this book, she recounted family stories...

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1. Not “For Caucasians Only”: Race, Property, and Homeownership

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pp. 23-61

One summer afternoon not long ago, Milo Alvarez, a thirty-seven- year- old, fourth- generation Mexican American who grew up in Alhambra, went for a drive in the Monterey Park hills with a friend, also Mexican American. His friend, who was not familiar with the area, wanted to look at a house that was for sale...

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2. “The Asian and Latino Thing in Schools”: Academic Achievement and Racialized Privilege

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pp. 63-90

In the spring of 2005, Alhambra High received the Title I Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes schools with low- income student populations that have made progress in closing the achievement gap.2 Principal Russell Lee- Sung arranged a meeting with student government leaders to announce the good news...

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3. “Just Like Any Other Boy”? Race and the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts of America

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pp. 91-127

Boy Scout Troop 252 was chartered in 1922, when the West San Gabriel Valley (SGV) municipality that hosted it was a newly incorporated, semirural town on the outskirts of Los Angeles— still decades away from becoming the even sprawl of strip malls, faux- Mediterranean townhomes, and aging 1950s subdivisions...

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4. Diversity on Main Street: Civic Landscapes and Historical Geographies of Race

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pp. 129-170

Driving north toward Alhambra’s Main Street on Garfi eld Boulevard in the summer of 2006, soon enough you would see a banner featuring a sedate blond white woman with blue eyes and black- rimmed glasses (Figure 11). She was a prominent face of Alhambra City Council’s “diversity” campaign, a face that, unlike the vast majority...

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5. SGV Dreamgirl: Interracial Intimacies and the Production of Place

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pp. 171-196

In the late 2000s, the local street- wear brand called “SGV” produced a T- shirt, which they called “SGV dreamgirl,” featuring a black-and-white image of an attractive, dark- haired and dark- eyed woman, overlaid with the repeating three-letter brand logo (Figure 19). Th e website catalog description of the shirt read...

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Conclusion: How Localized Knowledges Travel

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pp. 197-212

In the decades aft er World War II, channeled by systemic patt erns of housing discrimination that steered them away from more exclusively white areas but valorized them relative to would- be African American homeowners, Asian Americans and Latinas/os became neighbors in the West San Gabriel Valley...

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Appendix: Cognitive Maps of Race, Place, and Region

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pp. 213-220

What defines the West SGV as a place? How do regional racial hierarchies shape its contours, its internal and external boundaries? How does this vary for individuals whose bodies are differentially racialized, gendered, and classed? To begin to get an idea of the answers to these questions, cognitive mapping...

Notes

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pp. 221-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-274

Index

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pp. 275-285