What It Truly Means To Be An Angeleno


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Martina Flores , Opinion Editor

Many people around the world come to Los Angeles with the intention of seeking a better life. Some people want to make a name for themselves or explore opportunities that weren’t revealed to them. Los Angeles is where creativity and acceptance are advocated. L.A is home to the most multicultural and multiethnic groups of people. Angelenos, people of Los Angeles, each have a different story that adds to the melting pot of L.A.

Marissa Lowe arrived in the United States from the Philippines in 1985, seeking new opportunities that the U.S. had to offer. Lowe arrived in San Francisco at the fresh age of 22, but when living in the Bay Area didn’t work out, she migrated to Los Angeles. Although her plan was not to move out to L.A., Lowe felt a sense of belonging in the crazy city she now calls her home.

“Right away, I felt really comfortable. I felt like I really belonged here,” Lowe said. “Unlike in America, the people in the Philippines are small and thin and I was the one who looked different. But in America, I can blend in and I don’t attract the wrong attention as much as I did in the Philippines.”

Lowe expressed that she wanted to leave the Philippines because she felt like an outcast within her family and even though she was viewed as more fortunate than others, she still felt the need to get away. Lowe saw America as her escape and dreamed to start a new life in Los Angeles. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.

Within the Los Angeles community, it isn’t rare to stumble upon interesting individuals from across the world or native-born. The people of Los Angeles never fail to bring their creative and eccentric characteristics to the streets. They’re vibrant people who only make Los Angeles one of a kind.

Johnny Nash, 59, who lived in Los Angeles for over 27 years, described Los Angeles as a city full of dreamers. Nash originally grew up in Long Beach and moved out to Arizona for 15 years, but soon found himself missing California and migrated to Los Angeles.

“There is just something about L.A. that makes me enjoy life. The people are so different and they know so much, you can’t find people like that in Arizona,” Nash said.

He expressed that although he loved Arizona, he didn’t feel like he was “home” because everyone seemed exactly the same to him there. He aspired for him and his wife to have fun and to share memories in a location that offered great weather and great people. To him, that was Los Angeles.

The California sun shines light onto the disparate parts of the world, bringing the different cultures and ethnicities into Los Angeles. L.A thrives off of creativity and individualism essentially bringing people from all over the world to experience its open lifestyle. Even though the lifestyle can be costly, the variety of food venues, beaches, and the spirited people are what makes living in L.A. worth it.

With the aspiring artists or driven entrepreneurs, L.A. has given the opportunity for those type of people who know themselves and know what they want.

Los Angeles may be known for being young, reckless, and somewhat complacent, but L.A is also full of diversity and open-mindedness. With nearly 4 million people in Los Angeles, it’s almost impossible for it to be mundane.  Think of Los Angeles as a gigantic library filled with different books and stories. Some stories may tell the tale of a straggler looking for better opportunities or of a city girl trying to make a life for herself. Whoever one may encounter in the future, remember that everyone has a story.

Los Angeles isn’t perfect, nor does it strive to be. Los Angeles will always be that crazy, fast-paced, and somewhat irresponsible city, but it will forever be welcoming, vigorous, diverse, and creative.