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Author: Hannah Pae

Food for the People: Roy Choi, Locol, and Urban Revitalization

In Los Angeles – a city where sleek Teslas zoom past homeless encampments along the I-10 every day – the income inequality gap between the wealthy and the poor is, well, gaping. The Social Science Research Council recently released a study that compared life expectancy, educational achievement, and income across California’s 10 most populous metro […]

May 4, 2016 • by Hannah Pae

Pressed but not Crushed – Cafe Dulce’s James Choi Builds Community One Cup at a Time in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

Amidst the hustle and bustle of families, tourists, and people on their lunch breaks mingling in the open-air Japanese Village Plaza, I sat down with Café Dulce founder James Choi to learn more about the man who, against formidable odds, built up one of the most popular cafes in Little Tokyo. Café Dulce boasts a […]

December 15, 2015 • by Hannah Pae

8 Life-Threatening Facts About Run River North (that you never knew you wanted to know)

The afternoon sun blazing overhead, I trudged up a set of stairs and, upon entering the foyer, was met with a bubble of voices and laughter, which filled up the cozy interior of House Roots Coffee. It was here where I met Alex Hwang, vocalist of the Los Angeles based band Run River North. Warm coffee mugs […]

December 3, 2015 • by Hannah Pae

Joyce Ng Brings Spirits to Life Through Streetwear

Kamigami is a streetwear clothing and art company where Japanese mythology meets the Los Angeles urban art scene. Meaning “all the little gods” in Japanese, Kamigami takes inspiration from the Shinto belief that thousands of spirits roam the earth. I recently sat down with founder Joyce Ng to learn more about the artist, entrepreneur, and altogether […]

October 1, 2015 • by Hannah Pae