Akiko Fujita is a multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles, and a regular contributor to The World.
Prior to her move back to the West Coast, Fujita spent more than 4 years in Tokyo, working as a correspondent for ABC News. Her work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Al Jazeera America, and CNN.
Asian Americans typically turn out in low numbers for elections. But some state-based organizations are looking to change that by making Asian Americans and other immigrant voters better acquainted with the election process.
Development & Education
Many of the kids who crossed the Mexico-US border this year are now in Los Angeles and starting school. But it's not so easy to leave behind the violence they witnessed, and which drove them to flee, and simply start over in America.
Joe Corona, 23, plays for the US national men's soccer team. But the Californian native's road to representing his country has taken him across the border to Tijuana.
Lifestyle & Belief
For some, the California lifestyle is just too expensive. So why not trade your life in an American suburb for a bit of beach in Mexico ... and a commute?
Business, Finance & Economics
It may seem hard to believe, but Toyota almost didn't make it in the US. Its first car, the Toyopet Crown, was a flop. Toyota helped establish a huge Japanese-American community in Torrance, California that finds it hard to imagine the company is moving on.