In the US, the word "Latino" is used often, regardless of accuracy, as shorthand for a region's dominant Latino population. In the southwest it usually means "Mexican," in the northeast it means "Puerto Rican" and in Florida, "Cuban." Indeed, those are the three largest populations of Latino-Americanos in the country, although it goes without saying … Continue reading Colombian-Americans – Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
Today is the birthday of artist, animator and vaudevillian Winsor McCay, who, were he still alive, would be 139 -- or 144 years old… more on that later. Like many animation pioneers, McCay's work has been largely overshadowed by his better known successors, Walt Disney and the Fleischer Brothers. But if it weren't for McCay, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Winsor McCay!
PRIDE IN THE PAST, FAITH IN THE FUTURE -- MONTEREY PARK This blog entry is about the Los Angeles County community of Monterey Park. Monterey Park is located on the western edge of the San Gabriel Valley at the junction of the Eastside and SELACO. It is surrounded by Alhambra to the north, San Gabriel to the northeast, Rosemead to the east, South San Gabriel to the southeast, Montebello to the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Monterey Park (蒙特利公园)
FORWARD Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Official Map of East Los Angeles East Los Angeles is a neighborhood on Los Angeles' Eastside. Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Official Map of The Eastside, available as art prints and on a wide variety of merchandise East Los Angeles is the best-known neighborhood on the Eastside and because of the similarity of their … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring East Los Angeles
Taiwan’s official status is complicated. Some view it as a renegade region of China, others as the sole legitimate government of the mainland (the Republic of China). Still others believe it to be an island with a unique history stretching back tens of thousands of years and with a distinct culture influenced by Austronesian, Han, and Japanese history, … Continue reading Made in Taiwan – Taiwanese Cinema and Television
Once upon a time, one or two hundred thousand years ago or so, anatomically human beings appeared on the scene in Africa. About 60,000 years ago, there may have been as many as 5,000 people living on the planet. A number, possibly around 150, decided to cross the Red Sea... following the lead of their … Continue reading Out of Africa – Austro-Melanesian History, Culture and Music