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

California Fool’s Gold — A San Luis Obispo County Primer

San Luis Obispo County is a county in the northwest corner of Southern California, located along the Central Coast. The Central Coast refers to the roughly 600 kilometer coastal region between Point Mugu in the south and Monterey Bay in the north. In Southern California, only Imperial County has a smaller population and no community presently … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Luis Obispo County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A San Bernardino County Primer

San Bernardino County, along with Riverside County, comprise the Southern California region known as the Inland Empire. Before 1914 (the earliest recorded use of the term “Inland Empire”) the region was known as “The Orange Empire.” Both San Bernardino and Riverside counties are inland — the nearest point in San Bernardino County to the sea is … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Bernardino County Primer

Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

California Fool’s Gold — A Riverside County Primer

In 2007, California Fool’s Gold began exploring Los Angeles County one community at a time. In 2010 I expanded my adventures into Orange County. It’s now 2015 and I would like to turn my sites to Riverside County. ***** Riverside County is one of the ten counties of which Southern California is comprised. At 146,366 … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Riverside County Primer

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

On this day in 1889, Orange County, California was born, making it 125 years young today. Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s map of Orange County In early 1889, Pemberton Medicine Company (later Coca-Cola) incorporated in Atlanta, Colombia Phonograph (later Columbia Records) launched, Japan adopted the Meiji Constitution and the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris. Meanwhile in … Continue reading Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

INTRODUCTION Until the visit that Una and I took to San Clemente this past weekend, I don’t think that I’d ever visited the place. I’m not entirely sure because nearly all of my trips south on the 5 have ended in Mexico and the stretch of freeway between South Orange County and San Diego County has blended … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

YES, THE STEREOTYPES, THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE Most of us know the stereotypes and are familiar with the frequent characterizations of Orange County. It’s supposedly culture-less and even somehow history-less. Anyone who’s spent any time in Los Angeles has no doubt heard the same hollow, bafflingly ignorant observations made of about that richly … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

INTRODUCTION Irvine skyline For a while now Irvine has shared the top spot on my poll (see the end of the post to vote) but I’ve put it off because of the time required to explore such a sprawling, distant city. There was also a time when most of my blog’s non-LA fans were Irvine … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

California Fool’s Gold — A North Orange County Primer

SHE HAD ORANGE RIBBONS IN HER HAIR — NORTH ORANGE COUNTY It comes as something of a dismaying surprise to me how casually many seemingly intelligent Angelenos freely dismiss Orange County. Iv’e grown used to (if still somewhat surprised by) the out-dated chauvinistic attitude of New Yorkers and San Franciscans. But while those widely and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A North Orange County Primer