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November 3, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Why do houses in Vancouver neighborhoods with a high percentage of Chinese residents tend to sell for more when the house number ends in eight? And why do they sell for less when the house number ends in four? According to a study from the University of British Columbia, when the number on the house ended in four, houses sold at a 2.2% discount. The reason, according to the study: In Mandarin, Cantonese and several other Chinese dialects, the pronunciation of the number four sounds very similar to the word for "death.
November 1, 2013
Karin Higa Expert in Asian American art Karin Higa, 47, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her home in L.A., said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, a professor in the art department at UCLA, said his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down because of her illness.
October 28, 2013 | By Anh Do
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
October 20, 2013
AFRICA Presentation Pierre Odier will discuss his recent journey to Gabon, visiting Dr. Albert Schweitzer Hospital, finding a remote pygmy tribe and being initiated into another (nonpygmy) tribe. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will offer tips on planning a day hike to see fall colors, including local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI stores in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd., and Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.
September 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Sixteen-year-old Mary Sem worries about her family. She has overheard her mother crying over memories of loved ones she lost to the Khmer Rouge. Her father and older sisters struggle to cover rent and the perpetual bills. Her college dreams are hitched to helping them. If Mary got a degree and a good job, "my family would be able to pay the bills on time," the teen said one day after school in Long Beach. "They wouldn't need to worry about anything. " The Sems, who trace their roots to Cambodia, have little in common with the stereotype of Asian Americans as a "model minority" that is faring well economically.
August 29, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Looking for the ultimate tailgate party? Check out this weekend's 626 Night Market , a sweeping and smoky street food festival at Santa Anita Park featuring 150 vendors. Think of it as the Comic-Con of Asian street food. Prices begin at $1.50 to $2 for chicken wings or sausages. Portions are generous, yet most small plates are about $4. Admission is $2 (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and $3 (after 6 p.m.). Children 12 and younger are free, as is parking. Squid on a stick.
August 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I should've been born with two tongues and five stomachs. As it is, one ventricle of my heart is devoted entirely to Asian sauces, particularly of the soy variety. Lots of men are built this way, with special ventricles devoted to the liquids they love: beer, milkshakes, Cabernet. Like express lanes to the soul. So when I came upon the newest craze in gluttony this summer, the Asian night markets, it felt like I had belly-flopped into heaven. If you're unfamiliar with the Asian night market concept, join the crowd.
August 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Polling places in Los Angeles, Orange County and across the country fell short in helping people who speak Hindi, Khmer and other Asian languages during elections last year, a national civil rights group found in a report released Thursday. Under the Voting Rights Act, areas that have more than 10,000 people who speak another language -- or more than 5% of citizens of voting age -- and have higher-than-average illiteracy among that group are bound to provide the same voter information and assistance in that language as they provide in English.
August 3, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Monterey Park officials are reliving a decades-old racial controversy as they revise a law regulating the use of English on signs. As part of a general revision of old codes, the City Council changed a law that required some English on storefront signs because of fears that the language in the measure was unconstitutional. A proposed amendment, to be considered this week, requires the use of "modern Latin" letters on storefront signs. It's actually a looser requirement than the old law, which called for English words, not just letters.
August 3, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
VANCOUVER, Canada - For a decade or more, the Vancouver area has enjoyed a reputation as the Asian food capital of North America. Near the airport south of town, locals and visitors flock to Alexandra Road in Richmond, a three-block stretch packed with modest noodle houses and grand banquet rooms. It's called "Food Street," and seemingly every type of Asian cuisine is on parade here - Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, plus a melding of all of the above. For a foodie not to experience the robust restaurant scene here is akin to a serious baseball fan never visiting Chicago's Wrigley Field or Boston's Fenway Park.
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