Hillary Jenks

Hillary Jenks is currently assistant professor in the University Honors Program at Portland State University. She did her dissertation on the history of L.A.’s Little Tokyo at the University of Southern California.

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Catching Up with the Olivers

At first, the Olivers seemed like an elusive group. For years, as I was doing research in Little Tokyo for my dissertation, I would hear people mention the Olivers and I was always curious. Who were they? What was their role in Little Tokyo’s history? And what was up with that name? Eventually I learned that the name was associated with Nisei sports activities, but wanted to find out more. Finally, I had a chance to work with the Little Tokyo Service Center on a grant application that allowed me to find out the answers to these questions through a …

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