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From Red State to Golden State

From Red State to Golden State

Moving from one country to another is always challenging, but what happens when immigrants leave behind one economic and political system for a wholly different one? From Red State to Golden State recounts the immigrant experiences of several Jewish families as they leave the Eastern Bloc for the American West.

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Of the Sea

Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood. Of the Sea, an upcoming film by Mischa Hedges, tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. What can …

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Treading Water: How Long Can We Last?

Facing an uncertain future, Californians confront their own reflection in the mirror of water scarcity. In the new normal of what once was the California dream, activists, commercial fishermen, farmers, Indians and local politicians share their anxieties and reveal their values in an effort to find common cause, if not …

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Heroes of the Coast

Heroes of the Coast, a film by Janet Bridgers, exploresthe story of the passage of Proposition 20, California’s historic Coastal Act legislation, through interviews and video collection with citizen activists and environmental advocates. Heroes of the Coast was supported by a California Humanities’ Community Stories grant. This film is an ongoing …

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New Multimedia Exhibit Brings History to Life

Fort Ord was once the largest military base in the American West. Between 1863 and 1993, when it was decommissioned, over 1.5 million soldiers passed through the Monterey Bay base. The first racially integrated military base, as well as the Army’s training center for all Vietnam-bound troops, the site has …

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Awesome Sauce!

California Humanities-supported Community Stories project, LA Heat: Mouth Altering Condiments—Artworks, which explores the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles, recently opened its exhibit to a record-setting crowd on March 13 at the Chinese American Museum (CAM). The CEOs of the companies that produce the sauces, David Tran of Huy Fong …

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