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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California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Wilshire Vista

INTRODUCTION I finally visited and explored Wilshire Vista. I say “finally” because, at the time of writing, it’s the most voted-for neighborhood ever and has been for a little while now. OK, it’s only received nineteen votes — but even with about 800 total votes cast, there are so many Southern California communities that nineteen … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Wilshire Vista

Urban Rambles — Exploring Mid-City with Machiko

In this -- my tenth year of exploring, writing about, and mapping Los Angeles -- I've so far eschewed undertaking my fairly exhaustive (and completely exhausting) community explorations for which I'm probably best known, California Fool's Gold. Instead, I've preferred to undertake smaller, less structured "rambles" though the city accompanied by fellow explorers. For this edition, I explored Mid-City with my friend Machiko … Continue reading Urban Rambles — Exploring Mid-City with Machiko

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hancock Park

This edition of California Fool’s Gold, currently in its ninth year, is about Hancock Park, an affluent, quiet, and mostly residential neighborhood in Midtown Los Angeles that was mostly developed in the 1920s. On this exploration I was accompanied by Hancock Park resident, Gonzi, and (at the very beginning) the good folks of Walking LA.  INTRODUCTION TO HANCOCK … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hancock Park

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

LITTLE ETHIOPIA - ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ This blog entry is about the Midtown neighborhood of Little Ethiopia. I was accompanied on my adventure to the hood by Aussie filmmaker, Diana Ward. LOCATION OF LITTLE ETHIOPIA Little Ethiopia is a small, one block stretch in Midtown's Carthay district. It's situated along Fairfax between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive. It's … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

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)

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)