A guide to local favorites in Little Tokyo
- By Mia Nakaji Monnier
- Photos by Lisa Corson
Little Tokyo is quickly changing, as the loft apartments, boutiques and trendy restaurants of the neighboring Arts District spread across the border. The northeast corner of downtown L.A. has been a cultural hub for Japanese Americans since before their forced removal during World War II, and many community organizations, artists and activists are still here, using the concentration camp story to advocate for immigrant and minority groups facing discrimination today.
Meet Mia Nakaji Monnier
Mia was born in Pasadena and moved seven times across the country before finishing high school in L.A.’s South Bay. After going to college in Vermont, she came back to L.A. in 2010 and has lived here since. Before going freelance, she worked on staff at the Rafu Shimpo, the local Japanese American community newspaper, based in Little Tokyo.
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