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The Golden State of Hate: Is California a Land Without Pity?

Photo essay by Joanne Kim.

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  • Kathy Cheer

    I love California for its natural beauty and in the Bay Area for the most part, an off-beat philosophy of life and art, but these photographs and commentary, is an eye opener and saddens me. At Michigan State University, my father’s students came from Africa, South America, India and Taiwan to study soils microbiology, my dad’s line of research. I was used to turbans, curry dishes and a profusion of accents and different humor at an early age. I can’t believe the sight of a turban or facial hair bothers Californians so much; after all, Haight-Ashbury styles and attitudes is what spirited me away from Michigan to the Gold Coast during the age of the hippie.

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