Impression on Los Angeles

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In the 1920s, many people traveled across America and from different countries to the industrialized city of Los Angeles to look for opportunities and fulfill the American dream. For centuries, many immigrants came to Los Angeles expecting that not only it is a center of modernization and production of high-quality goods, but also a promising land of dreams and opportunities. However, as they arrived, they encountered several unbelievable obstacles. In the diary entry "Laughing In The Jungle", the author Louis Adamic comments that the scenery of Los Angeles is merely a deception to society's eyes; actually, it is an egocentric society where people valued greed and wealth. Pico Iyer's diary entry "Where Worlds Collide" explains how Los Angeles is not a starting point, but rather an end where all dreams and expectations that the foreigners carried throughout their journey simply shatter. Through Adamic's and Iyer's observations and my personal knowledge, Los Angeles is a deceptive, dangerous environment where competitions among diverse social and ethnic groups develop, causing inequality and segregation and making Los Angeles a problematic place to seek opportunities and fulfill dreams. Social classes are inevitable, especially in populated cities. In Adamic's diary entry, he emphasizes that competition over power and wealth creates a social hierarchy, eventually leading to financial inequality in Los Angeles. Adamic points out that wealth and power determine the social classes in the community. He describes "Big Men" as the "[highest] priests of the Chamber of Commerce", and "lesser fellows" as the people under the "Big Men", both "driven by the same motives of wealth, power, and personal glory, and a greater Los Angeles" (Adamic 52). Ultimately, "folks" are the "half-educated", "retired farmers, grocers, Ford agents...from the Middle West and other parts of these
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