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Put simply, history matters, said Kristin Fukushima, managing director of the Little Tokyo Community Council.

So, when quarantine conditions were ordered, a veritable squadron of community groups including the Little Tokyo Service Center and the Little Tokyo Community Council descended on the neighborhood.

Little Tokyo has always stood out among this city’s ethnic enclaves for the value it places on history.

Not everyone took Asian American studies in college or has time to become a race scholar.

But others have continued it, like Traci Kato-Kiriyama, an artist and organizer in Little Tokyo who co-founded the Tuesday Night Project, the longest-running Asian American mic series in the United States.

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