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L.A.'s Toy Town, an Immigrant Success Story

Fifteen years ago, Charlie Woo, an immigrant from Hong Kong, opened the first store in the section of downtown Los Angeles known as Toy Town. In the first report of a weekly series on immigrant entrepreneurs, NPR's Laura Sydell looks at how the Hong Kong immigrant helped create a thriving business district.

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Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org.