The Beijing Family is a fictional book series about a billionaire family from Beijing making Beverly Hills their new home. It depicts a modern Chinese family adjusting to their new life in the U.S. filled with new friends and life events spiced with intriguing cultural nuances, a historical past that haunt them, modern trends they can't escape and enchanting mythology and folklore. The characters occasionally speak Mandarin too - Aiyahh!
Los Angeles Chinatown Chinese New Year parade is February 16th to 17th, 2013 this year. I attended the one last year and we followed the event with a dim sum lunch. I would recommend not driving or parking. Take the LA Metro goldline and exit Chinatown station.