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Los Angeles: The World in a City

Mariachi musician Moises Rivera, 60, waits for a gig in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, home to many Mexican and Central American migrants, on Aug. 9, 2014.

Los Angeles is a culturally thriving city and one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States, with a population that is 48.5 percent Latino and 11.3 percent Asian, according to a 2010 census.

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The Latino population in Los Angeles is in itself diverse. Along with a large Mexican population, many Guatemalan and Salvadoran immigrants infuse their cultural traits into urban life.

A man cooks meat in a shopping cart in the Westlake area of Los Angeles on Aug. 6.

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Historically a Jewish neighborhood, the Fairfax district has in recent years become a hotspot for trendy boutiques and nightlife. Nevertheless, many old businesses remain.

A man walks past the kosher Schwartz Bakery in the Fairfax district of L.A. on Aug. 14.

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Mimi Pineda, 15, whose parents are from El Salvador, rides to church in a limousine with her friend Christian Flores, 17, during her quinceanera in Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles, on Aug. 23. Quinceanera is a rite of passage celebrated on the fifteenth birthday of many female Latino teenagers.

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Koreatown is among Los Angeles' most culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Despite the name, it is majority Latino, but Korean-owned businesses dominate the area and many Korean-Americans maintain strong ties to the area.

A woman cycles past a mall sign in Korean in the Koreatown area of L.A. on Aug. 12.

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Little Ethiopia, a small strip in mid-city, is home to several Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants that have occupied the area since the early 1990s. Many Ethiopians live near the district, and consider it the epicenter of their community in Los Angeles.

A woman poses for a photo in Little Ethiopia on Sept. 14.

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Johney Yu, second from right, 75, who emigrated from China 40 years ago, and Diana Yang, left, who emigrated from China 28 years ago, practice tai chi at a daily class in Alhambra, home of many Chinese and Vietnamese migrants on Aug. 14.

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A man walks past a mural in the Echo Park area of L.A. on Aug. 5. In recent years, Echo Park has experienced a wave of gentrification that has brought a mixture of ethnic groups to the neighborhood along with several new businesses. Nevertheless, Echo Park remains home to many Mexican and Central American migrants.

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Najara Apraku, 28, holds her 11-month-old son Selassi Ra Shabaka as she walks with her husband Jamaiel Shabaka and son Kwame Negast Shabaka in the Little Ethiopia area of Los Angeles on Sept. 14.

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Miyako Cai, second from left, 26, chats with friends as she walks out of a Japanese supermarket in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles on Aug. 10.

Little Tokyo was once home to a tightly-knit Japanese community, most of which was displaced in 1942 during the incarceration of Japanese Americans. The neighborhood remains strongly tied to Japanese culture and many Japanese-owned businesses occupy the district.

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