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.