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Aristocrat Restaurant employees
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection;
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1994
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
Image is a reproduction.
Royal Morales was born on May 28th, 1932 in Los Angeles, California. Both of his parents were immigrants from the Philippines. He and his family moved back to the Philippines in 1934. He moved back to the U.S. in 1951 at the age of 18 after he graduated from Eureka High School. He attended Chapman University in Orange, California where he studied Sociology and Philosophy. He later attended USC where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He was drafted by the U.S. Armed Forces in 1956 and served until 1958 at which point he returned to Los Angeles. From 1959 to 1970 he worked at the Neighborhood Youth Association through the United Way in the West Los Angeles, Venice, and Wilmington offices. He did outreach for at-risk youth in these neighborhoods. He also worked with the Oriental Service Center, the Asian American Education Commission, and the Council of Oriental Organization. He was involved in the Fair Housing Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1990s he worked at the Refugee Service Center in the Alcohol Program for Asian Americans. He also taught classes on the Philipino-American experience at Cerritos Community College and UCLA. He was a founding member of the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans youth program in the 1970s and worked with groups such as the Coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islanders and Asian Pacific Planning Council.
A cook and two waitresses at the Aristocrat Restaurant in the Luzon Plaza, located at Temple and Bonnie Brae in Los Angeles. These employees recently arrived from the Philippines.
1 photographic print :color ;13 x 18 cm.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Filipino American Community
S-012-284 120
Aristocrat (Resaturant : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Restaurants--California--Echo Park (Los Angeles)
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles--Employees
Echo Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Shades of L.A. Filipino American photographs
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Time Period
Morales, Royal

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