Pan Asian Metropolis — Cambodian Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION According to the Pew Research Center, there were, in 2019, about 339,000 Americans of Cambodian ancestry. More than one-in-three lived in just one state, California. Cambodians in California can be found in large numbers in cities including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, and Stockton. Yesterday, for Songkran, I posted an … Continue reading Pan Asian Metropolis — Cambodian Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — 200-ish Asian 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 — 200-ish Asian 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

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

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean community anywhere outside of Korea -- a distinction it has held since at least 1979. Metro Los Angeles is home to the enclaves of Koreatown (the world's first) and Little Seoul -- as well as the communities with large Korean populations like Windsor Square, Miracle Mile, … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

 INTRODUCTION Hong Kong has long been one of those globally prominent places up there with London, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo -- and yet surprisingly little has been written about the Hongkonger diaspora. There's next-to-nothing specifically about Hong Kong emigration to Los Angeles -- despite the fact that nearly as many Hongkongers live in the US … Continue reading No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

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

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Teresa Teng (鄧麗君)

Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) was a Taiwanese singer and Asian superstar who officially sold 22 million albums -- and an estimated 50-75 million bootlegs) during her tragically short life. Despite her death at the age of 42, her career traversed four decades. With her covers of Japanese songs in Chinese (including Cantonese, Hokkein, and Mandarin), she … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Teresa Teng (鄧麗君)