Throughout 2012, columnist Jeremy Rosenberg has been asking, "What's your or your family's Los Angeles arrival story?"
These are the tales of how L.A. residents became an Angeleno. From the Philippines and Mongolia to Ukraine and Chile, each story gives an insight to understanding the melting pot of cultures that make up the diverse communities of L.A.
Be sure to explore the map above to see the many places around the world where Angelenos once called home. Below are a few highlights from 2012:
- Richie Arakelian: Weightlifter Who Left Armenia to Set World Records
- Natasha Case: The Scoop on the Coolhaus Co-Founder
- Hirokazu Kosaka: From a Buddhist Monastery in Japan to an Art Legend in L.A.
- Lolita Lledo: Fighting for Democracy in the Philippines and L.A.
- Tom Mueller: From Idaho Logger To Space Explorer
- Stuart Gordon: H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury and the Museum of Jurassic Technology
- Juan Lopez: His Parents Crossed With A Coyote, His Mom Walked To L.A. in High Heels
- Tommy Lasorda: The Immigrant's Son Who Bleeds Dodger Blue
- Yong Kim: Two Koreas, Paraguay and Then L.A.
- Olga Connolly: An Amazing Olympic -- and American -- Love Story
- Josefina López: 'Real Women Have Curves' Author Was Undocumented Until Thirteen
- Mitch O'Farrell: Cruise Ship Performer to City Council Candidate
- Andy Hasroun: From Syria, He Got A Visa, His Brothers Did Not
- Miles Regis: Multimedia Artist From Trinidad
- Ariana Delawari: Somewhere Between Kabul and Los Angeles