Conversation at Rancho Los Alamitos Exploring Global Diversity and New Cultural Environment

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On Sunday, September 22, 2013 Rancho Los Alamitos will host Conversations in Place, “Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight.” Conversations at Rancho Los Alamitos have been going on for over 2,500 years – through the lives of the indigenous Gabrielino-Tongva, the region’s Spanish and Mexican settlers, the Bixby Family and their tenant farmers and ranch workers, and among us who are the 21st century inheritors.

This Sunday, a diverse and influential panel of writers, historians and media commentators will join the Conversation at the Rancho to explore some of the choices awaiting Californians in a dramatic and new cultural environment. As educators and communities assess what a sense of place means to them, they’re finding that it isn’t a matter of sentimentality or mere nostalgia, but understanding how a place intersects through time with lives, history, and meaning that matters.

Presenters include:  Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, and best-selling author; Philip Ethington, USC historian and cartographer of the ghost landscapes of Los Angeles; Susan Straight of UC Riverside, a best-selling novelist and a boundary trespasser between white and black communities; Wendy Cheng of Arizona State University, a cultural investigator of the San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese diaspora; and Sociologist Oliver Wang of CSULB, a leading expert in Asian hip-hop culture and DJ. Essayist and blogger D.J. Waldie and the Rancho’s Claudia Jurmain are co-moderators.

Conversations in Place, Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight will be held on Sunday, September 22 at Rancho Los Alamitos from 1 to 4:30 pm. Tickets cost $15 each and may be reserved online at and by calling 562-431-3541. The Rancho is located at 6400 Bixby Hill Road,Long Beach, 90815.

Parking is free and available at Cal State Long Beach’s Lot 11A off Palo Verde Avenue with shuttle bus service to The Rancho starting at 12:15 pm.

For further information, please contact Claudia Jurmain at the Rancho at 562-431-3541 or

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