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No Place Like LA: Michelle is a prodigal Angeleno




KPCC listener Michelle Kim attends a UCLA game.
KPCC listener Michelle Kim attends a UCLA game.
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No Place Like L.A. is our new series that asks L.A. transplants and immigrants: "When was the moment you felt that Los Angeles was truly home?"

This is the story of Michelle Kim who's originally from L.A.

I've lived in Los Angeles all my life and I really hated Los Angeles. I really felt it was boring. I lived in this bubble.

I really wanted to make New York my home.

In my mind, there was this place called New York where people loved art, great music. They were writers. I wanted to be part of that!

I initially was, of course, very excited and I loved it.

But suddenly you missed the Angeles Crest Highway where you can see the mountains. I missed the beaches. I missed Trader Joe's!

I mean, those are things you sort of hate. Then when you move away, you start missing those things.

Nowadays when people are like, where are you from, I actually identify myself as a Los Angeles person. Even if I live somewhere else, I say, no no, I'm an Angeleno.

TELL US YOUR OWN STORY, TOO. IF YOU'RE A TRANSPLANT OR IMMIGRANT, WHAT WAS THE MOMENT WHERE YOU THOUGHT TO YOURSELF, "L.A. FEELS LIKE HOME, NOW?"