Monterey Park – A Chinese Beverly Hills

If you are Asian, and live in the 626, then you should know all about Monterey Park, and the incredible selection of shops and restaurants there. But do you know the history behind it? In 1965, when the Hart–Celler Act was passed, quotas on immigration was removed. Many Asians immigrated to the United States because of … [Read more…]


Just about every weekend, I make my way from my dorm at Cal State Long Beach to my work at the Lakewood Center Mall. I drive down Atherton, turn right onto Lakewood Blvd, drive straight for some ways, and then turn right onto Del Amo Blvd. Along my drive I never noticed a difference between … [Read more…]

Randy’s Donuts

  Over the weekend I had to drive to LAX and I decided that while I was there I would go to see a landmark that has loomed in the background of many movies. The landmark is Randy’s Donuts. You may not recognize the name but I’m sure you’d recognize the giant donut that is … [Read more…]

California State Water Project – Lake Perris

For Spring Break, I went with a couple of friends to Lake Perris. Yes, I know. Lake Perris isn’t in Los Angeles County. It’s actually in Riverside County. However, that doesn’t detract from Lake Perris being a part of the California State Water Project. As we have gone through many times in class, Southern California … [Read more…]

Window Wall

CSULB campus is famed for its extensive outdoor sculpture collection in addition to its diverse and creative art community. But if you were to ask an art historian to pick the most significant, famed, and influential art piece on campus, he or she would probably say the Window Wall. Yep, that big, white square frame … [Read more…]

Airplane Tree

So last weekend I went over to the MOCA Grand. It’s on Bunker Hill, though the dramatically redeveloped area would seem pretty foreign to Bandini’s version of the place. After trekking up to the museum’s entrance, one of the first things that really caught my eye was the massive sculpture of tangled up airplane pieces … [Read more…]

Counter images of LA

When Oil Derricks Ruled the L.A. Landscape Oil extraction is still big business in the Southland, but today locating signs of the industry can require a careful eye. Wells hide in plain sight as office buildings or masquerade offshore as tropical islands. In the back of the Beverly Center shopping mall, one quietly sips from … [Read more…]