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
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Doris Loo Arima was born May 21, 1940 to parents Raymond Gee Loo and Chew Wa Loo. Raymond Loo arrived in San Francisco on July 12, 1923 from Canton China when he was 14 years old. In 1930, he returned to China for an arranged marriage. Doris's oldest brother was born two years later. Loo returned to the States and his wife followed him here in 1937. The family moved to Los Angeles and relocated a wholesale meat business from Oakland to downtown LA, on 42nd and Central. Doris attended 32nd School Elementary and eventually UCLA. She heard of the "Shades of LA" project through an LA Times advertisement. Photo of girl and her sister, Virginia, taken on the front porch of family home at 425 West 37th Place, circa 1950.