Well, what I thought was a curiosity at Slauson and Western may in fact be the tip of an iceberg. In the last week I've found two more Chinese eateries in south L.A. having a selection of boba drinks--Perfect Chinese Food on the corner of Vernon and Long Beach Bl. (I would have gone for the creamy vanilla boba if I didn't have a slightly sore throat), and a donut place on 54th St. and Figueroa. If this in fact is a common occurrence, the obvious question is "Why?" While boba has crossed over past its original Taiwanese roots to Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and a even limited number of places without a large Asian clientele, why south L.A. where there is no longer any significant Asian presence? My guess is the changing demographics of south L.A. and the increasing Hispanic presence. The one commonality I've noticed in Hispanic and Asian culinary traits is an appreciation for fruits and fruit drinks, particularly the tropical variety. If so, this may take the search for good boba drinks to a new level.