August 9th, 2009

badass dave

Suburbs of Los Angeles that have a large Japanese-American population

I am creating a fictional family from a suburb of Los Angeles that will be largely Japanese and Japanese-American in heritage. I want them to be from a middle-class area that has a large Asian population. From my research, I've found the San Gabriel Valley, with cities like Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, San Marino, South Pasadena, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Covina, Walnut, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Arcadia, and Temple City. Which cities would a Japanese family most likely live in? Alhambra's Asian population seems to be mostly Chinese and San Marino has been described as "extremely expensive," so those may be out. I don't want them to live in the "Little Tokyo" section of Los Angeles, either. Which cities are pretty mixed in terms of race, even mixed in terms of Asian races? I'm not from that area, so I figured some research would at least help in making it believable.

I want a nice, low-crime, middle-class suburb where people would want to raise their kids.

Google search terms: "Los Angeles suburbs Asian population" and "Los Angeles suburbs Japanese population"
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Prisons searching mail from lawyers

Setting:  Contemporary, Virginia, maximum security prison.
Searched Google w/ "searching mail in prison lawyers" "searching legal documents mail in prison"

I know that legal correspondence is protected and not subject to being searched by prison censors.  My question is whether mail that's not from the prisoner's lawyer/law firm of record may be searched.  Basically, a prisoner got a questionable piece of mail, and it was allowed through because it was from a lawyer, but not HER lawyer.  Is that something that can be restricted?

Any insight would be great, thanks!

John Steinbeck

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I am writing a story set on Cannery Row in Monterey California, and I need to know what the bronze bust of John Steinbeck that is in Steinbeck Plaza says. I has searched and found many articles that mention it but none has what it says. I have also found many pictures of the top part but I can't read it. Any help of what it says or how I might find out would be helpful.

infanticide, 19thc Wales, folklore, Welsh

(1) Could anyone point me to some sources to do with maternal infanticide in 19thc Wales and/or tell me whether they find my scenario plausible?

I've googled the obvious search terms and skimmed the indexes of some academic journals  but much of the material is either to do with contemporary infanticide, or other parts of the world, and a journal special issue which looked otherwise promising specifically excluded Wales.

Basically, I want to determine whether I can plausibly have a young girl (born late 1870s) come across a baby's skull, or skulls, in a stream in some remote spot in Pembrokeshire? And, if that is plausible, whether a small-town middle-class girl of fourteen or fifteen would know what she'd found and why it was there? (Possibly from listening to the servants, and or from stories or songs she may have heard from them?) I grew up with a gruesome Irish traditional song about infanticide and wondered whether there might have been something similar my character could have known.

Which brings me to my other question. Again have googled various language distribution maps and histories of the Welsh language, Welsh education etc  without getting anything specific enough.

(2) This family lives in a Pembrokeshire resort town, having moved there a few years before from Haverfordwest, which I gather has long been very anglicised. What I want to know is whether the family's servants in either place, some of whom may have moved with them, would have been likely to be Welsh speakers? What attitudes to Welsh would a non-Welsh -speaking Welsh child have been likely to hear around  her in the 1880s? 

I am going to be in Wales in the near future, so would be grateful for recommendations of any places/museums/libraries (other than the National Library) which might be relevant. Many thanks.
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immediate effects of head injuries

time period: today
previous searches: head injuries, effects of head injuries, on google.

My main character smacks her head against a wall during a fight. I've been trying to figure out the immediate effects of her head injury- not brain damage or permanent effects (which is what I've found while looking up things on google).

I want to know the experience at the moment and the moments after getting hit. Blurred vision? Black dots? I've never been in the situation, so I don't have personal experience.

eta. thanks so much for the help! I'm going definitely with blurred vision due to tears, nausea, and the light-headed dizziness when she tries to stand up. :)

Largest boat that one person can handle?

I've gotten myself into a pickle here.

Setting: a couple hundred years in the future, Los Angeles

Question: I have a main character who's grown up on a boat, and is hired to sail for a man who's apparently been sailing this boat by himself (his sister is there to "hold stuff" but he's a control freak and doesn't let her do anything on her own). What I need to know is what is the largest boat he could be sailing like this. It should have living quarters, etc, as they live on this boat.

I know very little about boats; I've sailed dinghies before, that's it.

I've read all the entries here, looked at sailing sites, Wikipedia, etc ... but before I can know anything I see that I need to know what kind of boat they're on. These sites assume you know what boat you're on and for that I need your help.

Thank you so much!

ETA: you all are awesome! :D

German endearment question

Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere but I looked through the tags & nothing exactly like this question has been answered.

(1) If someone is saying "my love" to a man as an endearment, I've heard that it would be "mein Liebste" as opposed to "Liebe" for a woman? Are they interchangeable, or if not, which is correct when referring to a man?

I also read that German nouns are always capitalized, no matter what... so if you were to use a noun after the start a sentence it would be "Mein Liebste"? I guess, since my native language is English, capitalizing nouns just looks funky to me, since we only capitalize proper nouns!

Thank you for the help!