Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

Jon Moritsugu (click here to read an Amoebog interview) and Amy Davis‘s latest film, Pig Death Machine, is playing in Downtown Los Angeles for one week (9 August till 15 August). For those that aren’t familiar with him, Jon Moritsugu is an auteur in the proper sense of the word. From 1986’s Mommy Mommy Where’s My Brain … Continue reading Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

BEAT CITY DOWNTOWN  As regular (and probably irregular) readers of Eric’s Blog know, I’m a bit of a Southern California wonk and a big part of my focus is writing about the culture, character and history of the many diverse communities of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Although so far there have been around 800 votes … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean community anywhere outside of Korea — a distinction it has held since at least since 1979. Metro Los Angeles is home to the enclaves of Koreatown (the world’s first) and Little Seoul — as well as the communities with large Korean populations like Windsor Square, Miracle … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

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

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

No Enclave — Cuban Los Angeles

As of 2018, Latinos comprised an estimated 47.7% of Los Angeles’s population. 75% of Latino Angelenos were of Mexican ancestry. Salvadorans comprised about 8% of Latino Angelenos. Guatemaltecos comprised about 5% of the Latino Angeleno population. Los Angeles is, additionally, home to the largest populations of Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemaltecos outside of their respective homelands. I’d … Continue reading No Enclave — Cuban Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Los Angeles was at one time home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and contributions of Japanese-Angelenos to history and culture are many. It was in Los Angeles that Hollywood created the first Asian-American film star. It was also in Los Angeles that a legal challenge in the Supreme Court re-shaped immigration … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Vegetarian and Vegan Los Angeles

As far as I know, there haven’t been any comprehensive surveys of global vegetarianism and veganism. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted that India is home to the largest population and percentage of vegetarians in the world, followed by Taiwan or Israel. Vegetarianism is also popular in Austria, Australia, Brazil, and Germany. The US is not an especially vegetarian … Continue reading Vegetarian and Vegan Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Orange County’s Lost Chinatowns

INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ORANGE COUNTY Today, Orange County is widely recognized for its prominent Asian-American population. There are significant numbers of of Vietnamese, Koreans, Taiwanese, Filipinos, Indians, Japanese, Cambodians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Thais, Indonesians, and Laotians living there, as well as many smaller groups. Metro Los Angeles (which includes Los Angeles and Orange counties) is in fact home … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Orange County’s Lost Chinatowns