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By Jane Monji

Valley of the Heart is overstuffed with good intentions and inclusive impulses and the result is an overlong sincere essay that doesn’t quite touch the heart as it touches on too many topics.

That’s unfortunate because the dialogue about Latinos and Asians, particularly in California, is an important part of the American race dialogue that desperately needs to expand beyond Black and White. Certainly Luis Valdez caught an important moment in American history in his 1979 play, Zoot Suit, which looked at the same time frame. The Zoot Suit Riots were in June of 1943.

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