God Used Adoption to Save… All of Us

  Original publication in Inheritance Magazine, May 2017 https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/god-used-adoption-to-save-all-of-us WHAT HAVE I DONE? I quietly asked myself this countless times the first year with our adopted child. Bonding was a challenge. When he desperately reached out to a strange man in the airport and I felt repeatedly rejected in this manner, I wondered, “What have I […]

Showcase Home Revealed at Huge Party

The 2016 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is a 1918-built Mission Revival, found on a 2-acre property in La Canada Flintridge.

A Stroll Through Historic Olvera Street

  Originally published in The Quarterly, Spring 2016 issue In the heart of historic Los Angeles, across from Union Station, lies a charming burst of colors, culture and cuisine. Olvera Street is one of the oldest streets in LA, a shoppers delight and a snapshot into history. This living museum is home to some of […]

Leo Politi’s “Moy Moy” Celebrated

  Originally published 1.21.15 in “A Stone’s Throw” Column in the South Pasadena Review Last Thursday, dancing lions roamed the streets of South Pasadena, winding through the farmer’s market, blinking lit-up eyes, flapping wiggly ears and ushering a crowd into the community room of the public library. As the lively percussion band and lion dancers […]

CERT Classes Empower People to Prepare for Emergencies

  Part 1 of 2: Published 9.24.15, South Pasadena Review When disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare. And in California, an earthquake, a fire, a windstorm or even your car breaking down on the way to Vegas in 100-degree heat can turn into an emergency situation very quickly. We know this, and yet many, […]

“Hollywood” Sign of the Times

The “Hollywood” Sign inspires dreamers, welcomes starry-eyed visitors, is a familiar friend to locals and has a life of its own with stardom and tragedy. For nearly a century, the Southern California icon represented in movies, TV shows, advertisements, books, music and more, has stood tall on Mount Lee, which is located in Griffith Park. […]

A Very Special Olympics

Originally published in “A Stone’s Throw” Column, South Pasadena Review 8.6.15 By Ann Suk Wang After the last note of the floor exercise played and the final pose held, a gymnast sprinted off, into an excited embrace with her coach. Together they almost fell over, twirling with joy as the athlete’s legs and arms wound […]

Authentic Asian Cuisine: A Unique Food Culture in the 626

Venture east, not Far East, but much closer for some palate pleasers. East of Los Angeles and into the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) is where a vast variety of authentic Chinese food outmatches any outside Asia…

Award-Winning Author, Gary Schmidt Visits SPMS

Originally published in “A Stone’s Throw” column in the South Pasadena Review 3/26/15 By Ann Suk Wang Many become excited when a movie star or a well-known musician is seen in person. Palms may become slightly damp and the heart may pound a little faster. The rush of recognition causes even the coolest fan to […]