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Fire destroys mall @ Valley & Atlantic -- Hunan's Restaurant gone

kiwonyoon | Jul 26, 2007 05:33 PM

Blaze destroys bit of history in Alhambra

A fire destroys a 75-year-old mall at Atlantic and Valley boulevards, the crossroads of L.A.'s Chinese community.

By David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2007

There were the Cantonese-speaking bakers on the corner, the Vietnamese-Chinese herbalist a few storefronts to the west and a mainland Chinese restaurant next door that made a pork stew named after Mao Tse-tung.

The salmon-colored stucco building in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley's Chinese business district is the story of three decades of Chinese immigration into the region — an example of how Chinese from all over the world came to these suburbs, clawed out a living side by side and survived in this ever-burgeoning and competitive community.

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