CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1994 |
When parents came to the orientation in Little Tokyo for their children's Japanese-language school last week, they were welcomed by a familiar sight--a vertical, seven-foot-tall banner with Japanese calligraphy announcing the event, just like the ones in Japan. But the speech by Principal Atsushi Yoshioka included topics they could not have imagined in Tokyo: Do not let your children wear gang-style clothing to school--it could attract real gang members.
May 10, 1991 |
A week doesn't pass without Muneo Adachi of Mission Viejo making a trip to the Yaohan Supermarket in Costa Mesa. Adachi, president of Canon Informations Systems Inc., doesn't mind the long drive to his favorite grocery store. For the Japanese executive, Yaohan (pronounced yeow-hahn) is the closest thing to home. There he can shop for groceries, rent Japanese-language video movies and select current books or magazines written in Japanese characters.
May 9, 1990 |
Irvine, which is home to two major Japanese manufacturers, ranks among the three most popular areas for Japanese business people to live in the Southland, according to a survey by the Japan Business Assn. of Southern California. The survey, conducted in January, calculates the number of Japanese-nationalbusiness people's children enrolled in Southern California schools. Two other areas popular with Japanese business people are the city of Arcadia and the South Bay area.
March 30, 1994 |
After years of economic woes, unrest and other calamities, January's powerful earthquake rocked the Los Angeles region's vital tourism industry just as it was poised for recovery. Some hotels suffered damage. Phone inquiries from prospective visitors dropped, and tourists canceled room reservations. By a twist of fate, the quake's impact was not immediately felt.
August 17, 1986 |
Sea urchins are one of the stranger animals around. I know a bit about them because for several years I made my living harvesting urchins. Peculiar, round-shelled and sharp-spined, they seem more like marine cacti than animals, and most people are surprised to find that anyone would harvest them for any reason at all. Usually, people think about sea urchins only when, while swimming or diving, they step on one and a spine pierces a vulnerable body part. So why would anyone gather the things?
December 26, 1988
Americans in general are showing more interest in learning foreign languages, according to the Modern Language Assn., a nonprofit group in New York. A 1986 survey showed that for the first time in 14 years, more than 1 million Americans were enrolled in language classes. Enrollments had been declining since they peaked in 1968 at 1.1 million. The association said the number of Americans learning a foreign language between 1972 and 1980 declined 8.3%.