San Jose Impressions


I’ve spent many New Years Eves or days ‘around New Years’ in New York, and China Town has often been part of my visit. For those who have lived in New York, London, Boston, Sydney, Los Angeles, and other major cities, there’s a distinct feeling you get from walking through ‘a China Town.’

I love the specialty stores and the markets where I can buy fresh produce. There’s something so raw and fabulous about buying vegetables and fruit this way…..

I recently discovered San Jose’s China Town – I think. Maybe there’s more than my discovery, however, on the corner of Lundy and Hostetter, there’s a mini-mall complex (two really) that feels like a China Town – suburbia style. It’s authentic alright, but it’s part of this larger fabricated city called San Jose, which is part of an even larger fabricated community called Silicon Valley.

It’s funny, but that’s how I experience most of San Jose. I hope my friends in the area are not reading this because they’ll never let me forget my impression, but that’s just what it is – an impression. And I’ve had it more than once. I often feel like I’m living in Orlando – lots of generic American mini-malls, corner petrol stations, McDonalds, Jamba Juice, Fryes and superstores.

I’ll probably be labeled as one of those San Francisco snobs and I’m not even living there yet. It is just an impression after all, but a lingering one.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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