James Flanigan, business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other publications, has covered national and international business and economics for 53 years.

             For 20 years he wrote a column in the business section of the Los Angeles Times. Since 2005, he has written on small business for the New York Times. During 18 years with Forbes Magazine, he served as bureau chief in Washington, Los Angeles, London and Houston and later in New York as assistant managing editor. [Read More]


For over half a century, James Flanigan

has been a journalist, columnist, editor and storyteller.

I’m about to publish a new book, detailing Korean American history in relation to U.S. Society. Historical writing most often explains business and economy but really it is about people and worlds and dreams. I also wanted to catalog some of my work in 60 years and more of journalistic reporting and writing. If you love what you do, of course, you never work a day in your life. Thank you for reading.  

Koreans in Los Angeles and U.S.—A Beacon for the Future

The American West in the Pacific World


In this book, I will tell of struggles and contributions of Korean immigrants and their families over the last century who contributed significantly to Los Angeles and California, to New York and northern New Jersey, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and other cities across the country.  I will tell of their Korean culture and history and as importantly how they have adapted to the American culture of E Pluribus Unum, one from many, a new, diverse concept of a nation.   At a time of difference and debate about immigration, the Koreans demonstrate the promise of the American mosaic, which remains a beacon to the world. [read more]


smile_caliStanford General Press - Hardcover


  Thirty-five years ago, a billboard announced to the world: "Smile Los Angeles! You're the Center of the Universe." Hyperbolic at the time, today, this exaggeration comes close to reality. While Southern California is not at the literal center of the universe, it is nevertheless an eye-popping illustration of our globalizing world.