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It’s almost Halloween. Surely one of the greatest holidays, Halloween is up there, in my estimation, with Burns Supper, Nowruz, Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving II. I keep reading and hearing, though, that Halloween is cancelled this year, thanks to the mismanagement at nearly every level of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surely you can’t cancel a holiday, though, … Continue reading π•·π–”π–˜ π•¬π–“π–Œπ–Šπ–‘π–Šπ–˜ π•²π–”π–™π–π–Žπ–ˆ, 𝖆 π•³π–†π–‘π–‘π–”π–œπ–Šπ–Šπ–“ 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕯í𝖆 π–‰π–Š π–‘π–”π–˜ π•Έπ–šπ–Šπ–—π–™π–”π–˜ π•±π–†π–“π–™π–†π–˜π–Žπ–†

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

Los Angeles is widely recognized for its ethnic diversity. There are several communities — including those of Armenians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and Salvadorans — which are larger in Los Angeles than in anywhere else outside of their respective homelands. The same is true of numerous Asian peoples, including Cambodians, Filipinos, Koreans, Persians, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese which … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

No Enclave — Los Angeles’s International Markets

Last week, the Los Angeles TimesΒ published a piece byΒ Frank ShyongΒ about the imminent closure and relocation of two of Chinatown‘s last remaining Chinese markets. On the same day, Jared Cohee published a piece about Holland International Market in Bellflower for Eat the World LA. Both got me thinking a bit about the role international markets serve. … Continue reading No Enclave — Los Angeles’s International Markets

No Enclave — Emerging and Unofficial Ethnic Enclaves of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is widely recognized for its diversity, something which is reflected in its many ethnic enclaves. Those ethnic enclaves include ones that have been officially recognized, as well as ones which have only been colloquially recognized, and they’ve risen and fallen on waves of immigration and assimilation. The earliest of Los … Continue reading No Enclave — Emerging and Unofficial Ethnic Enclaves of Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold β€” Exploring Westwood

INTRODUCTION TO WESTWOOD Westwood is a neighborhood in Los Angeles’s Westside. It’s widely known for being home to theΒ University of California, Los Angeles although locally it’s almost equally well known for its small shopping district,Β Westwood Village. People who’ve lived in Los Angeles longer than I are prone to speaking about Westwood withΒ an elegiac tone normally … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold β€” Exploring Westwood

California Fool’s Gold Nights — Revisiting Granada Hills

Years ago a reader asked me why I never conducted my California Fool’s Gold explorations at night. I told her that it was due, in part, to the difficulty in getting good pictures in the dark but also because many of the places which interest me (churches, historic homes, model train clubs, museums, parks, temples, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Nights — Revisiting Granada Hills

Where Fools Fear to Tread β€” A Snapshot of Scotland (Glasgow)

a In the spring of 2015, Una, Leonard, and I visited Glasgow, Scotland. I know that, had I had more time, I’d’ve liked to have also visited Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney and elsewhere. In the past, I amused myself with the idea that on my first visit to the UK I’d skip England, instead limiting my … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread β€” A Snapshot of Scotland (Glasgow)

Where Fools Fear to Tread β€” A Snapshot of the Philippines (Metro Manila and the Calamian Islands)

This past June, Una and I visited the Philippines. While she was born and raised there, it was my first time in the country and only my second visit to Asia. We spent a week in Una’s homeland before taking off on the next leg of our vacation, to Korea. TheΒ following is a record of … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread β€” A Snapshot of the Philippines (Metro Manila and the Calamian Islands)