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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: Eurasians

Matt Weinstock, Feb. 16, 1961

  Feb. 16, 1961, Comics  

Feb. 16, 1961: One lesson a person learns over and over in this business, but never accepts entirely, is not to get overly playful with words. If he does, he's likely to lose or confuse people, even on what seem simple, self-explanatory matters, Matt Weinstock says. 

CONFIDENTIAL TO "LOVE IN KOREA": DO NOT MARRY HER! If it is really "love" it will last until you get back to the States and are able to think it over.

Fashion note: Women who wear tight, short skirts shouldn’t cross their legs, Abby agrees.

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The Times Takes a Dim View of Interracial Marriage

 Dec. 24, 1909, Marriage
Dec. 24, 1909, Marriage  

March 11, 1909, Aoki-Emery

March 11, 1909: Helen Gladys Emery and Gunjiro Aoki announce their engagement. The Times notes that a marriage between them would be illegal in California.

March 27, 1909, Aoki-Emery

March 27, 1909: Emery and Aoki travel to Seattle in their attempt to get married.

April 11, 1909, Aoki-Emery

April 11, 1909: The Times reports the Aoki-Emery marriage in Seattle, but notes that they are buying a home through an intermediary.

June 22, 1910, Aoki-Emery

June 22, 1910: The Aoki family comes to Los Angeles in an attempt to escape publicity, renting a house at 226 E. 28th St.

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Nov. 11, 1933, Aoki-Emery

Nov. 11, 1933: Helen Gladys Oakie seeks the restoration of her American citizenship, which she lost by marrying Aoki. According to California death records, a woman named Helen Gladys Eddy, with the maiden name Emery, died in 1947. 
Dec. 24, 1909: As I have noted before, I rarely republish The Times’ editorials because they are frequently embarrassing and this piece on the marital problems of Gladys Helen Emery and Gunjiro Aoki is a prime example.  An anonymous scribe hurled some vicious barbs at the couple, tut-tutting like an elderly uncle at the folly of a white woman marrying a man who was only part human.

Man Denies Daughter in Divorce Suit

Nov. 20, 1919, Comics
“Wonder What a Decoy Thinks About” by Clare Briggs

Nov. 20, 1919, Divorce
Nov. 20, 1919: A judge refuses to declare that a young girl is Eurasian simply because a man charges in a divorce suit that the father was a Japanese cook employed by his wife’s family.

Clerk Refuses to Marry Chinese Man to White Girl

July 11, 1899, Marry

July 11, 1899: A Chinese man accused of raping a white 16-year-old girl wants to marry her. The girl and her mother consented, but intermarriage of whites and Asians was illegal at the time.

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