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Former LA hospital—once a lifeline for Japanese Americans—might be landmarked

Its history remains vital to LA’s Japanese-American history and community The boxy white building a few blocks east of First and Soto streets in Boyle Heights doesn't look like anything special. But looks can be deceiving. In the 1930s, it was the Japanese Hospital, one of the only places in Los Angeles where Japanese Americans could go for medical treatment. More than seven decades later, city officials are poised to recognize the hospital’s critical role in saving an untold number of Japanese American lives.
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