No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

 INTRODUCTION Hong Kong has long been one of those globally prominent places up there with London, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo -- and yet surprisingly little has been written about the Hongkonger diaspora. There's next-to-nothing specifically about Hong Kong emigration to Los Angeles -- despite the fact that nearly as many Hongkongers live in the US … Continue reading No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

Los Angeles is widely recognized for its ethnic diversity. There are several communities -- including those of Armenians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and Salvadorans -- which are larger in Los Angeles than in anywhere else outside of their respective homelands. The same is true of numerous Asian peoples, including Cambodians, Filipinos, Koreans, Persians, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese which … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) was a Taiwanese singer and Asian superstar. Despite her death at the age of 42, her career traversed four decades. With her covers of Japanese songs in Chinese (including Cantonese, Hokkein, and Mandarin), she is sometimes credited with helping to bridge the cultural gap between Taiwan, China, much of Southeast Asia, and … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Teresa Teng

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — Coronavirus Pandemic Art Exchange

Who wants to participate in an art exchange? Perhaps you're quarantined or self-isolating and would like to channel your descent into madness toward something creative. Or maybe, like me, your work is deemed essential but without opportunity to let off steam at a bar or gym, you might benefit from a bit of a creative … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — Coronavirus Pandemic Art Exchange

No Enclave – Tajik Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION There are not, I don't think, many Tajiks or Tajikistanis in Los Angeles. I only know one, personally, and when we first met at a birthday party a few years ago, I got the impression from him that I was the amongst a very small numbers of Angelenos that he'd met who'd ever even … Continue reading No Enclave – Tajik Los Angeles

Literary Los Angeles

Note: Many businesses are struggling during the COVID19 pandemic and if you can support them, please consider doing so. Many book stores are currently closed and but some offer pick-up and delivery -- and during our shelter-in-place order, now seems like an especially great time to read. Public libraries are all closed but if you … Continue reading Literary Los Angeles

New York City Neighborhoods Map

As most of my readers no doubt know, I’ve made neighborhood maps of many of the cities that I’ve explored, including Barcelona, Busan, Detroit, Glasgow, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seoul, and Taipei. There are many more big cities that I’ve visited, however, that I for whatever reason haven’t made neighborhood maps of — even cities … Continue reading New York City Neighborhoods Map

California Fool’s Gold — Southern California’s Lighthouses

When you read (or hear) the words, “California Coast,” what images come to mind? If you’re a Southern Californian, you may imagine beach bums and bunnies, woodies and wave-riding surfers. If you’re in Northern California, your thoughts may well turn to rocky shores and groves of towering redwoods. If you live in Central California, I … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Southern California’s Lighthouses

Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

NOTE: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, bars are considered non-essential businesses and are thus temporarily closed. Residents of California are currently urged to stay home except when absolutely necessary. We are also currently advised not to even buy groceries unless absolutely necessary. Please check the WHO, CDC, and LAC DHP sites for the latest … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

Nobody Drives in LA — Public Stairways, Stair Streets, and Walk Streets of Los Angeles

NOTE: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, residents of California are currently urged to stay home except when absolutely necessary. We are also currently advised not to even buy groceries unless absolutely necessary. Please check the WHO, CDC, and LAC DHP sites for the latest information. Los Angeles was built around the walker. During the … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Public Stairways, Stair Streets, and Walk Streets of Los Angeles