Each month, we like to highlight one of our members. This month’s member highlight is Giao Luong Baker, Digital Imaging Manager for the Libraries at the University of Southern California.
1) Tell us about yourself.
I am a Los Angeles enthusiast. I love the city and the larger metropolitan region – its enclaves, its histories, its people, and most importantly – its fantastic weather.
2) Why did you join LACHS?
Joining LACHS provides me an opportunity to get to know others who are just as interested in LA’s history as I am. It’s a fun way to explore the City and help share and preserve its history for current and future generations.
3) What do you value most of about Los Angeles and its history?
What I love most about Los Angeles is the multifaceted splendor of its people. Homegrown locals and waves of immigrants from across the nation and across the world combine in the mosaic of our city. This dynamism has shaped the physical, cultural, and sociological landscape of Los Angeles in unique and fascinating ways.
As a child of immigrants, I value the fact that Los Angeles has been welcoming to me and my family. There are few places in the United States that could provide as comfortable or as inclusive a community to my parents. For me and my siblings, Los Angeles is home and has given us many opportunities we might not have had otherwise. And as a soon-to-be-mother, I value that Los Angeles can offer my child a diverse and engaging environment in which to grow up.
4) In your own words…
What do I love about L.A.? The food! Looking for dim sum or noodles; I head out to Chinatown (or perhaps further east to the San Gabriel Valley). Little Tokyo is my spot for sushi, ramen, crepes, and the latest in trendy dining. Mexican food is all around, but my favorite is El Cholo on Western Blvd. Palermos Pizza in Los Feliz is great and I’m always ready for a burger at the Brite Spot on Sunset. Sometimes I don’t even have to travel, because the food trucks bring it to me! Kogi BBQ anyone?! That is what is nice about Los Angeles; the world is just five minutes and an appetizer away! UPDATE: Giao also wanted us to mention that her favorite restaurant is the Phoenix Inn in Chinatown.
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