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)

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Swinging Doors –Asian Bars of Los Angeles

I've heard Vietnamese and Koreans friends talk about how much Koreans and Vietnamese drink. More than once have I found myself drinking more than I should, egged on by Thai friends, Filipino family, and in one case a Japanese salaryman. No one drinks like Europeans, though, and European nations predictably occupy the top ten rankings of alcohol consumption … Continue reading Swinging Doors –Asian Bars of Los Angeles

No Enclave — Exploring Mongolian Los Angeles

As of 2010, there were 18,344 Americans who self-identified as Mongolian-American. The census of that year also showed that 4,993 Mongolians were living in California, making it home to more Mongolians than any other state. About 2,000 Mongolians are estimated to live in Los Angeles. Although relatively low-profile and not thus far recognized with a designated enclave, a good … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Mongolian Los Angeles

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 Midtown Primer

JUST LIKE MIDTOWN TRAFFIC -- MIDTOWN  A detail of Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of LA County showing Midtown's location Midtown is a small but bustling area of Los Angeles surrounded by the larger regions of Hollywood to the north, the Westside to the west, South Los Angeles to the south and the Mideast side to … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Midtown Primer

Shangri-La Sundays Presents Tim & Eric’s Awesome Set

Time: Sunday, March 6 at 7:00pm - March 7 at 12:30am. Make sure to mark that on your calendar and in your mobile phones and tricorders.   Location: R Bar LA 3331 8th St - WILSHIRE CENTER / KOREATOWN. CLICK HERE to see the Facebook event page and confirm that you're attending... then invite all of … Continue reading Shangri-La Sundays Presents Tim & Eric’s Awesome Set

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Bangladesh (লিটল বাংলাদেশ)

This blog entry is about the Midtown Los Angeles neighborhood of Little Bangladesh. To vote for more neighborhoods to be the subject of future blog entries, click here. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Midtown Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Little Bangladesh In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, out of my love for exploration, and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Bangladesh (লিটল বাংলাদেশ)