Pan-Asian Metropolis — 190 Asian and Pacific Angeleno Artists

It's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and so I thought it might be nice to shine a spotlight on some of Metro Los Angeles's many Asian American artists, the subject of this week's post. It was a bit of an undertaking for many reasons. There are and have been many Asian American artists who've at … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — 190 Asian and Pacific Angeleno Artists

No Enclave — Kazakh Los Angeles

This week's post is about Kazakh Los Angeles. Since it is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the primary focus is on ethnically Kazakh Angelenos. However, as Kazakhstan is a multi-ethnic society, a few "white" Angelenos with roots in Kazakstan are included too. INTRODUCTION I first became aware of Kazakhstan (Қазақстан) as a child when I … Continue reading No Enclave — Kazakh Los Angeles

No Enclave — Guamanian Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and in honor of that observance, this week's post is about Guamanians in Los Angeles. BRIEF HISTORY OF GUAM Pendersleigh & Sons' map highlighting the location of Guam within the American Empire Guam (CHamoru: Guåhan) is an island in the Micronesia sub-region of the western Pacific Ocean. … Continue reading No Enclave — Guamanian Los Angeles

Nobody Drives in LA — The Great Metrolink Four Counties Ride

Last Friday was Earth Day. In honor of the day, Metro, Metrolink, (and doubtless many other local mass transit agencies) offered unlimited fare-free rides. I've read a couple of articles in the past in which the authors stated that they were riding every Metro line (although in both cases they meant Metro train lines, not … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — The Great Metrolink Four Counties Ride

Cannabis Los Angeles

I have always been an explorer and when I was about eight years old, I became aware of and interested in drugs. In second grade, my main subject of interest was dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were a gateway to Pleistocene megafauna. After Pleistocene megafauna, I began innocently experimenting with legal substances. I started drinking coffee (with lots … Continue reading Cannabis Los Angeles

Those Useless Trees — Guerilla Gardening with Agave

If you've ever walked anywhere in Los Angeles other than to and from a car, you've no doubt noticed that there are dirt squares along many sidewalks into which the city occasionally plants trees. I don't know what the technical name of these squares is or even if they have one. I think that I've … Continue reading Those Useless Trees — Guerilla Gardening with Agave

No Enclave — Iranian Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION Nowruz took place last week on a blustery Sunday. Nowruz is the New Year of Zoroastrians and in Iran as well as much of Central and West Asia. It's often, in fact, referred to as Persian New Year. A bit ago, someone bemoaned that I hadn't written a No Enclave about Iranians or Persians. … Continue reading No Enclave — Iranian Los Angeles

Take ’em To The Bridge — Visiting the Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge

As someone who rides on the Los Angeles River Bicycle Path not infrequently, I've been closely and eagerly tracking the progress of the Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge. When I found out that it officially opened on 5 March 14 March, I took the next convenient opportunity (yesterday) to check it out. Approaching the … Continue reading Take ’em To The Bridge — Visiting the Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge