Pan-Asian Metropolis — Hi Duk Lee, the Father of Koreatown (1939-2019)

Hi Duk Lee (이희덕) died on 7 March at the age of 79. Two weeks passed before his death was reported on the website L.A. Taco. Only then did the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Korea Times, KTLA, NBC, and ABC run stories on the passing of this pioneer, whose name and accomplishments remain unknown to most Angelenos, including … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Hi Duk Lee, the Father of Koreatown (1939-2019)

Where Fools Fear To Tread — A Snapshot of Korea (Seoul and Busan)

 INTRODUCTION In June, Una and I went to the Philippines and Korea on vacation. Since people will invariably ask me to clarify “North or South?” the answer, is South. Perhaps I’m wrong to think that this would be obvious since I usually assume that “Korea” means “South Korea.” More than 12 million travelers annually visit Seoul alone … Continue reading Where Fools Fear To Tread — A Snapshot of Korea (Seoul and Busan)

Urban Rambles — Exploring Koreatown Malls with Machiko

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of me exploring Los Angeles for my online series, California Fool’s Gold.  For the occasion, I’ve turned to fellow explorers to see where they’d want to go and published my accounts on my newer series, Urban Rambles. My friend Machiko Yasuda and I recently explored Mid-City but she suggested another ramble, … Continue reading Urban Rambles — Exploring Koreatown Malls with Machiko

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Koreatown (코리아타운)

NB: Since the initial publication of this blog entry, Koreatown’s borders have been expanded and made official by the city. A new map reflects this but the text of the blog entry does not.   This blog entry is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown. In recognition of you, the blog readers’ votes, and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Koreatown (코리아타운)

Korean film festival of Los Angeles – KOFFLA 2010

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but up until three months ago, the only Korean films and dramas I’d seen were 녹색 의자 (Green Chair), 미녀는 괴로워 (200 Pound Beauty) and 소울메이트 (Soulmate). I’d been given a grip of dramas by the good folks at MBC but I’d dutifully passed them along to my own … Continue reading Korean film festival of Los Angeles – KOFFLA 2010

Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Sake History & Culture

Los Angeles has a long and rich history of alcoholic beverage production and consumption. Wine was introduced by the Spanish as an integral aspect of their mission project. Los Angeles was, in fact, historically the largest wine-producing region in the US. Beer arrived later, its popularity largely dependent on immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Sake History & Culture

No Enclave — Arab Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION For years, there here have been efforts to designate April a month observing Arab American heritage although they have so far not born fruit. In 2017, Democratic congresswoman Debbie Dingell introduced to the House of Representatives a resolution to proclaim National Arab American Heritage Month. A similar bill was introduced in 2020 but so … Continue reading No Enclave — Arab Los Angeles