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Chinatown Showoff - Going Down To Chinatown

Scene: Chinatown Showoff; Los Angeles

Jonathan Wong
Nov 23, 2006
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Kicking off this year's Import Showoff series in downtown LA's Chinatown during the Lunar New Year festivities, Ken Miyoshi pitted some of So Cal's finest in a small yet tight gathering of JDM-inspired Hondas and old school Toyotas. Ernie Uy brought out his ultra clean '86 Integra, a pristine example of how Hondas were built back in the day: rare SSR wheels, stereo components that were top shelf in '92, and a Mugen exhaust. Ben Abutin's shop, High End Performance, just happened to put the finishing touches on its new Supra, a custom widebody that mimics the gold Top Secret JZA80 to a T. AM Seven came with its small armada of JDM Civics and we even spotted an old Datsun roadster resting out in the back corner. A must-attend event for the die-hards.

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Fortunes
Everybody loves a fortune cookie after a good Chinese meal, right? Well, would it shock you to find out the fortune cookie may not be of Chinese origin at all? At least not traditionally. There are two supposed rumors as to how this famous dessert got its start: conceived during the early 1900's, it's believed that a) a Chinese immigrant passed these out to the homeless as a source of encouragement and b) a Japanese-American passed them out as a means of thanks after being reinstated to a job that he was fired from, simply for being of Japanese ancestry. And get this: the first batch of fortune cookies to make its way over to mainland China: 1992.

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