And that’s just the urban center. The larger metro area boasts 12.8 million people, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world and the second-largest in the United States.
There are little ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Little Ethiopia (most expensive gasoline, we noticed), Little Armenia, Tehrangeles, Thai Town and Historic Filipinotown.
But the two neighborhoods I wanted to take my mom were Little Tokyo (what we used to call Japan Town) and Koreantown.
According to the 2010 Census, non-whites made up just over half of the population of LA, with Asians totaling 11.3 percent. So it’s no wonder these neighborhoods are here — and, at least with Koreatown, growing, too.
We started the day in Little Tokyo, hit a bakery in between, then bought dinner in Koreatown.
Here’s what that adventure looked like:
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