American Renaissance

Asian Population Surges in County

At least half the residents of seven cities are Asian Americans, study finds.

K. Connie Kang and David Pierson, L. A. Times, Feb. 12

In a testament to the changing makeup of the Southland, a report released Wednesday found that for the first time, Asian Americans now constitute at least half the population of seven Los Angeles County cities.

In 1990, only Monterey Park had an Asian majority. But according to the study by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Asians now make up 61% of the population in Cerritos, 58% in Walnut, 52% in Rowland Heights and 50% in San Gabriel, San Marino and Rosemead.

All but Cerritos are in the San Gabriel Valley, which experienced a 20% increase in Asian population between 1990 and 2000, according to the study.

There is, quipped San Gabriel Valley resident Michael Hoong on Wednesday, one prerequisite for living there: “Speak Mandarin.”

Actually, the Asian and Pacific Islander population in the county includes more than 45 ethnic groups speaking 28 languages, according to the first such report for Los Angeles County since 1996, researchers said.

Asians, said Walnut Mayor Joaquin Lim, have “completely changed the landscape. It’s not just the mix of businesses. You hear so many different Asian languages in the supermarket now. They’ve invested their money and uplifted the community.”

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