Los Angeles Culture

Los Angeles Culture

Los Angeles is an incredibly diverse place, but yet it is one of the most culturally segregated cities in the nation. But it is not out of racism that the cities divides itself. Rather, it is because of the groups of recent immigrants who find it much easier to find their way in a new country, by surrounding themselves with others who speak their language. The result is a collection of different neighborhoods that are all within an hour drive, and who make the intact and authentic cultures of the World, more accessible to the inhabitants of Los Angeles. This is truly one of the most unique and most precious things about this city.

Korea-Town (K-town)

Korea Town is a bustling epicenter of restaurants and nightlife nestled against Wilshire Boulevard’s business district. K-town is a home to a population of 340,000 people and covers just under 5-square-mile, having the highest population density of all neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Mention of K-town brings three things to mind: karaoke, reasonable rents, and barbecue, besides being known for its many commercial and residential mid and high rise towers, rich collection of pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings, Asian high fashion boutiques, and holding the largest concentration of night clubs, 24-hour businesses, and restaurants in Southern California.

Monterey Park (Chinese)

The city of Monterey Park is 7.73 square miles and located in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, and is regarded as the starting point for new Chinese immigrants and was dubbed the ‘first suburban Chinatown’ by the Los Angeles Times. The city is well known for its great competing number of the Cantonese seafood restaurants, various regional Mainland Chinese cuisines, and Hong Kong coffee shops.

Olvera Street (Mexican)

Olvera Street was named after the first county judge, Agustin Olvera in 1877, and it is located in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, part of the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument. The street was converted to a Mexican market place, including galleries, shops, and restaurants in 1930, and now offers shopping and dining experiences reflecting Mexican and Latino traditions and culture, with exciting Fiestas and Celebrations held all through the year.

Little Tokyo (Japanese)

Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo is just one of the smallest three officially recognized Japantowns in the United States, and is known as Little Tokyo Historic District. It is the place for everything Japanese, from food, gifts, clothing, groceries, and was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. The area remains popular with the city’s Japanese community and it is highlighted by a variety of eateries, shops, cultural centers, and museums.

Glendale (Armenian)

Glendale lies in the Verdugo Hills, at the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley, adjacent to Burbank and Pasadena, in Los Angeles County. Its diverse manufacturers include apparel, electronic equipment, and chemicals, besides being a site for the area’s film industry. Other attractions of the area are the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a cemetery noted for its elaborate statuary, a community college and the Angeles National Forest is nearby.

Thai Town (Thai)

Centered along Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie Avenue and Western Avenue in Hollywood, Thai Town is a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Being the major cultural and economic hub for the Thai community, the place has many Thai restaurants, shops, market; including import stores, cafes, massage spas, silk clothing stores and bookstores.

Little Saigon- Garden grove (Vietnamese)

Little Saigon is situated in the town of Westminster in Southern Orange County between the 405 and 22 freeways, and is a predominantly Vietnamese community scattered with many suburban-type of strip malls, lined with many huge shopping centre’s. Garden Grove Park is the location of an annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival that is held in late January or early February known as Tet.

Little India- Artesia (Indian)

Artesia, once a Portuguese-run dairy village, is a general law city in southeast Los Angeles County and one of the county’s Gateway Cities, though now home to Southern California’s largest Indian enclave. Little India features an array of clothing and music stores, convenience shops, specialty beauty parlors, restaurants, staple Indian cooking items, geared towards authentic products and atmosphere.

Venice Beach (Hippie)

Venice is a district in western Los Angeles known for its beaches, canals and circus-like Ocean Front walk, featuring fortune-tellers, performers, and vendors. Venice Beach is one of the early centre’s of Hippie activity in America; a beach community connected to Los Angeles metropolis and includes the beach, the promenade running parallel to the beach, Muscle Beach, Skate Dancing plaza, the tennis courts, numerous beach volleyball courts, and bike trails.