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Inspired in part by investigative reports initiated through her tenure as a reporter for The Rafu Shimpo, Naomi Hirahara’s 1986 documentary NO VACANCY profiles two Asian American middle-aged men who, faced with the depletion of low-cost housing, find ways to survive in downtown’s Little Tokyo and Chinatown. This documentary, which contains footage of the razing of Little Tokyo’s Alan Hotel (now a market-priced block-wide housing complex), offers a poignant view of a segment of Asian American underclass that is rarely talked about. Produced as part of Visual Communications' Filmmakers Development Program.

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    10 minutes
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    United States
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    Naomi Hirahara