They came from miles around. From San Diego, from the San Gabriel Valley, from Sacramento, even Seattle. They came here like they have every last weekend of April, to convene in this special, even sacred, spot in the desert.
Though most of us here in Southern California didn't vote Yee into his state senate office, I couldn't help but wonder what sort of effect his charges and potential conviction would have on the Asian/Pacific Islander community at-large.
Less than two years after the first Asian-style night market made its debut in the San Gabriel Valley, the nocturnal bazaars are finally making their mark on the cultural landscape of Southern California.
Less than a month after the central Philippines was hit by a powerful 7.2 earthquake, the even more destructive Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan tore through the region on November 7. Across the Pacific, the Filipino American and medical communities, immediately sought ways to help those most in need.
A large earthquake had just hit the Philippines and I was immediately concerned. Somehow the city nearest the epicenter -- Balilihan -- seemed to ring a bell. Was it a place I've been to during one of my five visits to my parents' home country? I went to Google and suddenly became extremely concerned.
The ethnic restaurants that dot SoCal are perhaps the most prominent ways that people can either introduce themselves to a certain culture, or for others to maintain their own cultural ties. But just as visible on the streets are the presence of ethnic supermarkets.
For most travelers, airports are merely utilitarian structures, facilities for processing and more. But for those who send-off or greet travelers, airports are places of tearful farewells, cheerful reunions, and every other kind of emotion in between.
Though Asian Americans aren't totally above making up phonetic pun jokes of our own, actual names of Asian origin, particularly family names, are much more than just random monosyllabic noises -- they have actual meanings.
In a city that prides itself on its cultural diversity, its legislative body is currently comprised of eight whites, three Latinos, and three African Americans. And zero of Asian/Pacific Islander ancestry.
I improvised my presentation by engaging in a discussion about current social media practices here. But somewhere in the discussion, I went off on a not-too-irrelevant tangent and unexpectedly landed on the topic of Asian American identity.
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