- Editorial Notes
This is volume seventy-five of the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, and it may be the most eclectic collection of articles we have assembled in my tenure as editor. The Yearbook remains the publication of record for all things related to our annual meetings, and this volume contains all the material related to the Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting, held in Olympia, Washington, last October: the Presidential Address, the Meeting Report, the Student Paper Award winners, the Resolutions, the Abstracts, and our Distinguished Service Award recipient. The meeting was, by all accounts, a complete success that, in keeping with the APCG’s high standards, included great field trips and a full slate of other activities. The Association extends its thanks to Martha Henderson and all of the Evergreen State College faculty and students for all their time and effort.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to Jenny Zorn as the recipient of the APCG’s Distinguished Service Award. Jenny was instrumental in my appointment as Yearbook editor and I will always be grateful for the opportunity. She has represented our region as an AAG councilor, and her service to the discipline is much appreciated.
We once again look at the role the photographic image has played in the growth of geography. Using a series of photographs, Giorgio Curti, Zia Salim, and Vienne Vu explore the meaning of “Asian” and the creation of an Asian identity as it is manifested in Los Angeles. As we travel through the Los Angeles landscapes, we often take these signs for granted without understanding the contextual meanings, and through these photos our trio of authors provides insight into what it means to be Asian in Los Angeles. James Allen has spent many years cataloging the demographic changes in Los Angeles, and we have included his AAG talk here. Allen discusses the interesting history of his and co-author Gene Turner’s two books on ethnic geography: We The People and The Ethnic Quilt. The Ethnic Geography Specialty Group honored Jim at the Los Angeles AAG, and we are proud to present his talk to the EGSG panel here in its entirety.
We have articles that address the intersection of nature and geography. Jeff Baldwin looks at the reintroduction of beavers into Oregon (and other western states) and how this recolonization would affect the hydrology of streams and rivers in the region. John Bowen and Nancy Hultquist discuss the development of the economies related to the export of hay from the [End Page 9] western United States. Many of us, like myself, don’t realize the volume of these exports to countries like China and Japan as we drive past stacks of bales in the fields bordering our interstate highways. This certainly gives a new perspective on a crop we often take for granted.
Ray Sumner gives a very interesting account of the voyages of George Vancouver, his professional relationship with James Cook, and how this bond was manifested into the naming of the lands of the Pacific Northwest. John Ward provides the story of the Milwaukee Road in eastern Washington, from its origins as a railroad to its current state as a nonmotorized recreational trail. We get a comprehensive history of the mountain snowshoe from Karl Lillquist. Concentrating on the postwar period, Lillquist discusses the evolution of the mountain snowshoe, from its humble wood-based design to its current, all-metal lightweight construction.
We also present Jim Keese’s APCG Presidential Address, given at the Olympia conference last October. Jim talks about the Cal Poly Study Abroad program in Peru and its importance and value as a teaching tool for geography. Finally, Ron Davidson reviews Paul Starrs’ and Peter Goin’s recently published Field Guide to California Agriculture. I have thoroughly enjoyed this guide and take it with me whenever and wherever I travel through California. I highly recommend it to all of our members.
Martha Henderson, in her Presidential Address, discusses the role of the Christian Church in current environmental thought. I also want to thank Todd Welch for his tribute to the late Jim Scott, professor emeritus at Western Washington University.