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Culture & Community: A Tour of Asian Communities in the “626”

Friday, October 6, 2017
9:30am - 2:00pm PDT
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The San Gabriel Valley is one of the most ethnically diverse regions with the largest concentration of Asian American communities in the United States. Eight of the 10 cities in the country with the largest proportion of Chinese Americans are located in the San Gabriel Valley. The cities of Monterey Park, Walnut, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Temple City, San Marino, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, and Arcadia contain an Asian American majority. In contrast to earlier ethnic enclaves traditionally located in urban areas, these “new” Chinatowns that have emerged in the suburban cities of San Gabriel Valley are considered ethnic suburbs, or “ethnoburbs.”

Join Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – LA Chapter (AAPIP-LA), The Asian Pacific Community Fund, and Southern California Grantmakes to explore the burgeoning API “ethnoburbs” of the San Gabriel Valley and learn about topics ranging from health, mental health, youth issues, and much more! 

  • Many Asian American ethnic groups have limited English proficiency, particularly Vietnamese (53%), Taiwanese (53%), and Chinese (48%).
  • One in four Asian American women in LA County has never had a mammogram or a pap smear, a rate higher than any other racial group.
  • After Spanish, Cantonese is the most spoken language of English language learner students, followed closely by Vietnamese. However in LA County, there are no bilingual teachers in either language.
  • One in five API youth have considered suicide, more than any other racial group.

We will visit several nonprofit organizations doing work in the underserved Asian & Pacific Islander communities of the West San Gabriel Valley. We will also identify funding gaps and learn how we as funders can make an impact and meet this need.


The tour will begin with a site visit to Herald Christian Health Center, a growing community health and dental clinic, whose in-language, culturally accessible services have been in high demand by the local community. From there, we will stop by a local bakery for a mid-morning snack – a client of the API Small Business Program. Next we will see the famous “Soaring Teapot” on the way to the Asian Youth Center. There we hear from a distinguished panel on API mental health issues, including Los Angeles Times reporter Frank Shyong who wrote the article “A dying mother’s plan: Buy a gun. Rent a hotel room. Kill her son” about a recent mercy killing that made local headlines of an Asian mother and her mentally ill son in the San Gabriel Valley.

Lunch will include a traditional Chinese Dim Sum meal followed with the option to experience “boba” aka Taiwanese bubble tea, Korean “falling snow,” creams puffs originating from Osaka, Japan.

  • Michelle Freridge, Executive Director, Asian Youth Center
  • Connie Chung Joe, Executive Director, Korean American Family Services
  • Cherry Lee, Director, Herald Christian Health Center
  • Frank Shyong, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Hua Wen, LMFT, Asian Pacific Family Center
  • More to be announced soon!

Details, instructions, and additional information will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.







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