Cellist Yo-Yo Ma visited Inner City Arts, an education program based on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. For a few hours, a strange sort of performance ensemble coalesced: a world-renowned classical cellist and his colleagues backing up the best-known practitioner of Memphis Jook. Don't know what that is? Watch.
Southern California is home to the largest concentration of Japanese Americans in the United States and a hub for Japanese businesses with international ambitions. This week, the eyes of Japanese Americans and expatriates have been fixed across the Pacific. Tony Tuskui is one of tens of thousands trying to seek comfort any way he can.