Greg Robinson gave a speech about the history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana, their impact on the state and how the state has been a more diverse society than people believe.
“Japanese Americans have always been a special part of Louisiana’s life,” he said. “Louisiana has been a special place for Japanese.”
Titled “Creole Nippon: Japanese Americans in Louisiana,” Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Quebec at Montreal, was the guest speaker for Louisiana Tech University’s department of history’s annual International Affairs Speaker Series.
Ruston City Council members made decisions on the future of several structures at Monday night’s regular meeting, including one of their own.
Lewis Love, city administrator, said more than 300 structures have been demolished or hauled off in the last four years.
“I keep thinking we will have them all, and they just keep coming,” Love said. “They were all basically falling down. The structures were an eyesore and safety hazard with possible illegal activities going on inside them. I think they will keep coming — hopefully not at this level.”