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

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California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Diego’s Little Italy

In Los Angeles, nearly all of the city’s officially-designated ethnic enclaves are for Asian ethnicities. Eurasia’s Armenian community has Little Armenia and Russians in eastern West Hollywood have earned it the nickname “Little Russia” but French Town, Greek Town, and Little Italy have all faded into assimilation and obscurity albeit acknowledged with the odd street … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Diego’s Little Italy

There It Is, Revitalize It — The Southland’s Wetlands

Most of Los Angeles's climate is chaparral, similar to that of Mexico's Baja California, central Chile,  southwestern South Africa, parts of southwestern Australia, and most of the Mediterranean Coast. In chaparral climates, most summers are rather dry and the rainy season occurs primarily between late autumn and early spring. The Los Angeles Basin and surrounding valley floors are … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — The Southland’s Wetlands

California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

I thought that it might be useful to publish an "episode guide" of my California Fool's Gold series of explorations. When I explore a new community, I usually rely upon the vox populi which is why anyone may vote for what communities they'd like to become the subject of future articles by clicking here for Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

Nature’s a language, can’t you read? — Seasons in the Southland

A FEW GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT ANGELENOS While I caution anyone attempting to make generalizations about a group as diverse and large as the 13 million or so people known as “Angelenos,” I have nonetheless made a couple of observations about a much smaller subsection, my Los Angeles friends, that I have to assume share more widely-held views with … Continue reading Nature’s a language, can’t you read? — Seasons in the Southland