An Imagined Place <ul><li>During the 1950's a group of east coast writers began migrating to the San Francisco area starting a new movement called The Beats. These writers were in a sense the original hippies. They believed in exploring new ways of living, loving and learning and stood against the government, which they felt had become full of conformists and right-wing politicians looking for more ways to control the American population. </li></ul>Jack Kerouac, well known beat writer who some consider to be the original Beat.
Ecumenopolis <ul><li>As more and more immigrants came to California certain racial groups started forming their own little communities. San Francisco became a home away from home for a very large Japanese population. In Los Angeles the first Korean immigrants arrived and is now the third largest Korean city in the world. As countries around the world began experiencing war and inner turmoil California saw more and more immigrants. This immigrant paradise soon became the greatest melting pot ever seen. </li></ul>Japanese immigrants
Arnold! <ul><li>With the Electricity crisis and the fall of the NASDAQ California was digging itself into further debt. Unsure if we would ever get out, which we have not managed to do yet, Californians petitioned to have then California Governor Gray Davis recalled as we needed a face to put to our problems. We were quick to replace him with Actor and Austrian immigrant Arnold Schwarzenegger, once again showing that California was a melting pot of opportunities. </li></ul>Seeing a picture like this of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes one wonder what were we really expecting to see happen.