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12/27/2017

The Ten Commandments of Japanese Cooking

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

This was such a pleasure to edit. I was basically hungry every time after working on this video. Enjoy!

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12/22/2017

What to Order Besides Pho

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I'm super proud of this video I made because of the generosity of my family. The voice is an authentic Vietnamese one that my brother-in-law's mother graciously lent us and the food is just mouthwatering. At least I'll be able to order some really amazing Vietnamese food with this as a guide :) 

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12/04/2017

What an Indian Restaurant Is Really Like

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

One of the cool side perks of my job these days is learning how to edit. Here's my first one with "Big Bang Theory" actor Kunal Nayyar talking about real Indian restaurants. It was a revelation to hear.
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10/14/2017

Photo essay: Chicano Redefined

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Defining people is by its nature very difficult. In this case, photos do more than words can. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Published: 14 Sept 2017, KCET

When photographer Harry Gamboa Jr. began his portrait series, “Chicano Male Unbonded” in 1991, the word “Chicano” implied guns, drugs and all manner of dangerous things.  “I started the car, turned on the radio and the first thing that went on was an announcement from the news that says to be on the lookout for a Chicano male; he’s dangerous,” recalls Gamboa Jr. in a video with KCET, which is also on view at the Autry Museum of the American West, alongside an exhibition of his long-running project, starting September 16.

That initial statement inspired Gamboa Jr. to seek out Chicano males that went against this prevailing stereotype, men that were lauded in their fields. “What the series achieves is not to give you the correct definition of Chicano male, but to give you nearly one hundred answers to that,” says UCLA professor and curator Chon A. Noriega in the same short film.

Here’s a glimpse of what a Chicano male can be. [read more]


I don't get to write as much because of work, but it was a pleasure to do the interviews and to discover this hidden subculture of cacti right in Los Angeles!

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Text: Carren Jao
Edited by: Carla Pineda
Published: 25 August 2017, KCET

Joël Lodé has almost died six to seven times in search of his Holy Grail, a cactus of one kind or another. An author who lives in Spain, Lodé once baked under the cruel summer sun of the Mojave Desert, suffering from a severe heatstroke with only a crude help sign on his bicycle indicating his desperate need for help. Another time, Lodé became perhaps the only tourist to Yemen at the height of a civil war to photograph a plant. His return trip home included braving a sniper-lined city, departing a barricaded airport and listening to the sound of artillery fire. [read more



There are rare opportunities to include a little pop culture in a home and garden story and this is one of them. The Force was with me on this one. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Rene Lynch
Published: 01 July 2017, Los Angeles Times

When architect Christopher Coe first spied Frank Suryan Jr.’s newly purchased home on Naples Island in Long Beach, it reminded him of Darth Vader’s helmet.

Despite its sensational waterfront setting on Alamitos Bay, the home was a throwback from the ’90s. Outside, dark and forbidding seemed to be its theme. Inside, there was glass block everywhere.

Now the home has been saved from the dark side. [read more]


6/02/2017

Remodeled to welcome a stunning ocean view

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I would love to live in a house like this, but as it is, I'll just have to settle for writing about it. :) You have to click on the "Read More" link. The layout online is gorgeous.

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Rene Lynch
Published: 26 May 2017, Los Angeles Times

A home on the mountains with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean is a shame to waste, which is why architect Takashi Yanai took on the remaking of Susan Harbert’s Pacific Palisades home.

Yanai, a partner of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, said his firm doesn’t normally accept renovation projects, but “they don’t make any more Pacific Ocean view properties.” [read more]

Homeowner Susan Harbert takes in the view from the newly remodeled backyard of her home. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)


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