No Enclave — Exploring Burmese Los Angeles

In 2010, 100,200 Burmese were counted by the US census and 15% of them lived in California. What "Burmese" means is slightly more complicated than it seems. Although “Burmese” refers to any citizen of Burma/Myanmar, regardless of ethnicity, the concept is closed entwined with that country's dominant Bamar ethnic group (from whom both “Burma” and “Myanmar” are both derived). … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Burmese Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

GABRIEL'S HORN DOES SOUND -- THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Invariably when one speaks or hears of "The Valley," the valley in question is the San Fernando (despite the fact that there are at least six major and loads of minor valleys in Los Angeles County). For the same reasons that I'm mildly annoyed when people refer … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rosemead, Today’s Small Town America

This installment of California Fool's Gold takes us to Rosemead. To vote for another Los Angeles neighborhood, vote here. To vote for a Los Angeles County Community, vote here. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Rosemead   EARLY HISTORY First, a bit of background on the City of Rosemead. As is proving to be true of everywhere … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rosemead, Today’s Small Town America