CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2012 |
It wasn't long ago that Liz Lopez watched in dismay as the Vannord Shopping Center in her Panorama City neighborhood went downhill, losing its anchor, Valley Foods Warehouse, among a number of other tenants. So Lopez, 33, and her mother, Delmy Lopez, 65, made it a point to attend Friday's grand opening of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. They stood patiently with about 200 other soon-to-be shoppers, waiting for the speeches to end so they could push their carts through the store's sliding doors.
May 29, 1994 |
It was in Eugene, Oregon, in April of 1971 that I ran across a public library copy of Carey McWilliams' "Southern California Country: An Island on the Land"--and with it the crime that formed the basis for "Chinatown." It wasn't the compendium of facts in the chapter "Water! Water! Water!" or indeed in the entire book. It was that Carey McWilliams wrote about Southern California with sensibilities my eye, ear, and nose recognized. Along with Chandler he made me feel that he'd not only walked down the same streets and into the same arroyo--he smelled the eucalyptus, heard the humming of high tension wires, saw the same bleeding Madras landscapes--and so a sense of deja vu was underlined by a sense of jamais vu: No writers had ever spoken as strongly to me about my home.
April 9, 2006 |
Umar Rashid, a 29-year-old painter and musician, was standing outside the Grand Star nightclub in Chinatown one night after the start of the Iraq war when he came face to face with the potential perils of militant chic. A "soldier-looking dude" glared at Rashid for a moment and then said angrily, "People died wearing that in Iraq." The guy was referring to Rashid's kaffiyeh, the versatile Arab head scarf, often with a checkered pattern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1987 |
On a high shelf in Henry Chang's bustling herb shop sits a glass jar with a coiled, plump rattlesnake drowned in whiskey. It is smiling. There are worse ways to die. "You want to drink some of my rattlesnake whiskey?" Chang offers. "It's good for you," says the agile, 84-year-old proprietor of Essential Chinese Herbs in Chinatown, for more than a century a supplier of herbs to doctors of traditional Oriental medicine in Los Angeles.
August 15, 2013
Of the many festivals putting down roots at L.A.'s State Historic Park in Chinatown, the H20 Fest might be the most curious. A melange of modern hip-hop and Latin music, this year sports headliner Pitbull alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and scads more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown. 3 p.m. Sat. $39.50-$95. ticketmaster.com .
July 24, 2004
Re "Political Wind Shifts in S.F.'s Chinatown," July 18: I agree with Rose Park's comment that the continual fighting between KMT [Kuomintang] in Taiwan and Communist China to win over the San Francisco Chinese does not advance causes of the Chinese community. Overseas Chinese communities have been used as battlegrounds in the past. This extension of the civil war in China since 1911 into major cities in North America has drained much-needed resources in the Chinese community to deal with local issues.
September 1, 1985
Cimino's film "Year of the Dragon" and Sheila Benson's review of it, are both travesties of information (" 'Dragon'--A Compelling Look Inside Chinatown," Aug. 16). Benson implicates her woeful lack of knowledge of any Chinatown by calling the film "part documentary." "Year of the Dragon" is about as much a documentary as is a soft drink commercial. The real danger in this film is that it reinforces an unrealistic portrayal of people. Film and TV do influence us. If all we see are the Chinese as gangsters, women as victims and policemen as corrupt, we slowly begin to believe it. Benson's review sadly reinforces the celluloid image as a true one, and as such is an act of irresponsibility.
March 15, 2008 |
Felix Wu, a restaurateur who wanted to represent Asians in French politics, lost last weekend in the first round of voting to run a Paris district that includes Chinatown. Wu, a 36-year-old Chinese Frenchman, took the very un-French tack of mixing ethnicity and politics. He received less than 3% of the vote in the 13th arrondissement but did well in Chinatown. He said his candidacy forced the other parties to add an Asian to their tickets, guaranteeing that the 13th's municipal council would include an Asian no matter which party wins Sunday's runoff.