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Browse my selected stories, new and old, as well as interviews with me. 

You can also see some of my articles for the public TV stations KCET and PBS SoCal on their respective sites, as well as 80 design-related articles and home tours at the lifestyle site Hunker.

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The UCLA students of Gidra | Courtesy of Mike Murase

Connecting the Dots: Oxy Arts Exhibition Links Moments of Asian American Activism, Art and Collectives Throughout History

The exhibition, "Voice a Wild Dream: Moments in Asian American Art and Activism, 1968–2022" dives deep into the art and activism of several Asian American publications and collectives from today and yesterday.

(Los Angeles Times illustration / photo by Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

7 Fun Things to do in the L.A. Gem That Is Barnsdall Art Park

“This is up here?” a friend recently said of the scene that greeted her upon ascending the steps to Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. The 11.5-acre park may be tiny compared to the 4,210-acre Griffith Park about a mile north, but it is mighty in its offerings. With activities for everyone to enjoy, here are some of my favorites.

Dark-haired girl and woman sit on a couch with an older woman with bob-length salt and pepper hair looking up at a TV in the distance

How a Shared Love of Asian Dramas Brought Us Together

Photo by Samanta Helou

I have spent more than two decades living next door to my 80-year-old Cuban American neighbor, Aurora, and her mother, Abuelita.  But it was when I became a parent in 2010 that my relationship with Aurora started to deepen, and even more so in the last two years over an unexpected shared interest: our mutual love of Asian dramas. Sweet Abuelita, who is featured in the essay, passed away at the age of 102, just two days after this was published. We miss her so.

Tagumpay Mendoza de Leon: This Master Rondalla Musician is Preserving the Sounds of Philippine Culture in L.A.

This Master Rondalla Musician is Preserving the Sounds of Philippine Culture in L.A.

Tagumpay Mendoza De Leon is a master teacher and performer of rondalla, a traditional Spanish-influenced form of music from the Philippines. De Leon, a 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellow, has spent his decades-long career promoting and preserving Philippine culture through the tradition of rondalla.

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