Monthly Archives: February 2012

Eating What We’re Reading

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Some of author Nicole Mones’s most avid fans got a chance on Sunday to sample what she writes about in The Last Chinese Chef when they gathered at Chang’s Garden, a restaurant in Arcadia, at an Autry-​sponsored luncheon in the style of China’s most sophisticated cuisine. About 70 diners showed up at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, for […]

Western Oral History Program

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This week we welcome Intern/​Volunteer Keith Rice for a guest blog post regarding his work on the Autry National Center’s Western Oral History Program. My return to college after a very long break has brought me invaluable rewards, thanks to the Autry National Center. As part of my graduate degree program at California State University, Northridge, I have […]

Flash and Dazzle! Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors’ Archive

Nudie and his famous silver dollar-studded car. Autry National Center; 97.148.24
Nudie and his famous silver dollar-studded car. Autry National Center; 97.148.24
Part of a series: Diamonds In The Rough Through a grant-​funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over the next two years. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems brought to light by NHPRC […]

Food as a Vehicle for “Guanxi:” Nicole Mones

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Nicole Mones says that guanxi is the basis for absolutely everything that happens in China. Guanxi is a word in Chinese that conveys relationships among people. And those relationships are invariably built across a dining table, while sharing food. This is something the author has learned as she worked in China beginning in 1977, and it is […]

Going East: Remembering a Different Kind of Immigrant Experience

Tyrus Wong chats with his daughter and Bess Saito (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Tyrus Wong chats with his daughter and Bess Saito (Photo by Tessie Borden)
They were just children, and to them, Angel Island was a place of uncertainty, boredom, sadness and separation. For myriad reasons, they had signed on to cross the Pacific Ocean by boat and emigrate to the place they had been told was Gim San, the “Golden Mountain”– the name Chinese on the mainland used to refer […]

Strange Bedfellows

Roy Rogers and his horse,Trigger, at the Tournament of Roses Parade, 1947
Roy Rogers and his horse,Trigger, at the Tournament of Roses Parade, 1947
Roy Rogers and Quentin Tarantino: how could these two possibly be connected? In Tarantino’s film Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), there is a clip of a Roy Rogers film playing on a television set in the background of a scene between the Bride and Bill. What on earth are Roy “King of the Cowboys” Rogers and Trigger “The Smartest Horse […]

As Federal Court Rules, LGBT Rights Move Front and Center

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The federal appeals court ruling Tuesday on California’s Proposition 8, which invalidated the state’s voter-​approved ban on gay marriage, got Gregory Hinton thinking about how he became friends with Alan K. Simpson, the Republican former senator from Wyoming. Simpson has long been a supporter of equal rights for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. On […]

Putting the Pieces Together: An Interview with Playwright, Larissa FastHorse

“Writing is like having a box of a million puzzle pieces then needing to figure out which thousand fit together to make one picture.” Each season Native Voices presents our First Look Series: Plays in Progress. For our first of the year we will be holding a public staged reading of Hunka by Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation), […]

Evanstar and the Members of the DEFC

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Part of a Series: Exploring the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive The Autry Institute is currently processing the generously donated business archive of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. At the beginning of each month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature highlights from the collection in anticipation of the processing’s completion. Long before the Internet offered […]