California Fool’s Gold — Visiting Little Saigon

VISITING LITTLE SAIGON — HAPPY ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Southern California is home to several ethnic enclaves and since the region’s largest and fastest-growing racial minority are Asian, perhaps it’s not surprising that most of the recognized neighborhoods are specific to various Asian populations. In Los Angeles County there’s Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Visiting Little Saigon

Your Tuesday night planned… Echo Park or Little Saigon — what’s it going to be?!

So I’m slated to DJ at the Short Stop in Echo Park on 15 May, 2012 (this coming Tuesday unless you’re pulling this from the archives). I’ll be splitting the music slanging chores with Joe Skyward (Sky Cries Mary, The Posies, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jean Jacket Shotgun), Jimmy James and Greene Candy Machine. Of … Continue reading Your Tuesday night planned… Echo Park or Little Saigon — what’s it going to be?!

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim’s Little Arabia

Anaheim is a city widely recognized for being the home of Disneyland, one of the best-known and most visited tourist attractions in the world. The sprawling city, by area the second largest in Orange County, is also home to many other less-visited places, such as Little Arabia, a locally-beloved and highly visible concentration of Arab … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim’s Little Arabia

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Seoul

INTRODUCTION TO LITTLE SEOUL  Drive down Garden Grove Boulevard with your windows up (paying proper attention to the road in front of you) and you might not notice that you’re passing through Little Seoul. There are no banners, memorials, murals, monuments or that many fluttering South Korean flags. Pass through on a bus and maybe you’ll notice … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Seoul

No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

***** Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to many official and unofficial (but widely recognized) ethnic enclaves, including Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Arabia, Little Bangladesh, Little Brazil, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Russia, Little Saigon, Little Seoul, Little Tokyo, Oaxacatown, Tehrangeles, and Thai Town. Attempting to gain official recognition … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

LITTLE ETHIOPIA – ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ This blog entry is about the Midtown neighborhood of Little Ethiopia. I was accompanied on my adventure to the hood by Aussie filmmaker, Diana Ward. LOCATION OF LITTLE ETHIOPIA Little Ethiopia is a small, one block stretch in Midtown’s Carthay district. It’s situated along Fairfax between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive. It’s … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this entry is about the Long Beach neighborhood of Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ). Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Cambodia Town   Cambodia Town is a neighborhood in Long Beach’s East Side centered on Anaheim Street betweenAtlantic and Junipero. To the north is the neighborhood of Signal Hill. To the south … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Snapshot of Hawaiʻi (Oʻahu and Kauaʻi)

INTRODUCTION as spring turned into summer, Una and I visited Hawaiʻi. Una had never been there before. I, on the other hand, have always enjoyed telling people that I’d only ever been there in utero, when my pregnant mother and father visited in the 1970s. I don’t know how far along in her pregnancy my … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Snapshot of Hawaiʻi (Oʻahu and Kauaʻi)

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Vietnamese Cabarets of North Orange County

INTRODUCTION I’ve been aware of the Vietnamese American music scene based in North Orange County since at least the early 2000s. I had no idea just how big it was, though, until I stumbled across singer Thiên Phú‘s blog, VietCeleb, which has profiles of about 400 Vietnamese artists, with a large percentage of them associated … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Vietnamese Cabarets of North Orange County

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Ai about her latest project, NEW WAVE

If you’re American and you recognize names like “Bad Boys Blue,” “C.C. Catch,” “Sandra,” or “Modern Talking,” there’s a good chance that you, or someone close to you, is Vietnamese. For the uninitiated non-Viet Americans, those are the names of three German (and one German-Dutch) pop bands whose songs have been compiled, covered, and claimed … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Ai about her latest project, NEW WAVE