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Commentary: Can L.A. escape the cage of ‘Chinatown’?

That’s why, for L.A., achieving true justice will require not just transforming systems but also forging a new identity, free of the powerlessness embodied in “Chinatown.” And the best attempt at a new narrative comes from the best L.A. book of the 21st century, “City of Inmates,” by UCLA historian Kelly Lytle Hernandez.