Even Halloween Has Become Aspirational

Why Get To Know the Neighbors When the Trick-or-Treat Experience Is So Much Classier In Another Part of Town?

Last Halloween, I felt like the victim in a horror film. I was the guy ignoring the wise warning of my older next-door neighbor.

You’ll need at least 15 bags to survive, he told me, with a hollow look in his eyes. Maybe more.

But I couldn’t imagine the terrible hunger that the dark night would bring. So, while grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon, I threw a mere eight small bags of candy into the cart. That would have been more than enough to satisfy the trickling of trick-or-treaters in my …

Hospitalizing Asian Gamblers and Scratching My Car

The Casino Buses of San Gabriel Are Dangerous Nuisances. They’re Also a Reminder Of How Unaware We’re Becoming Of Our Own Communities.

I was in the city of San Gabriel parking on Valley Boulevard, the 42nd Street of Chinese-American commerce, when a man missing a lot of teeth walked over to me. …

What Money For Education?

California Schools Are Gutted. Sacramento Hasn’t Changed That.

While Governor Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats are arguing about a new funding formula for dividing up some school dollars, parents like me are still scratching our heads over …

Good People of El Monte: Please Un-Fire Me

Everyone Loved Our Aquatic Center’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Video. Well, Almost Everyone.

Thank you, South Korean rapper Psy, for asking the mayor of El Monte to give me back my job. I never expected that getting fired from a municipal swimming pool …