"Faith in Alhambra" is a snapshot of the diverse range of churches in the city.
Just west of the heart of Main Street is the American Hai Ninh Community Association. Visitors are met with the distinct smell of incense that pervades the space. Peter Hui, the organization administrator, tells how he connected with the association as a refugee and its role as a place of worship and community meeting center.
What led to the forming of the association?
The association started from a group of Vietnamese Chinese who came from Hai Ning Province in Vietnam after the Communist take over in 1975. Our founding leader, Wong Yu Sheng, was a general in the South Vietnamese army and helped advocate for us as the first group of immigrants to the US. We had our first location downtown in 1991, and then moved to Alhambra in 1996.
We are a non-profit organization that serves the immigrant community as well as a place to continue Chinese cultural traditions. We also give money and send people to help with service projects back in Asia, like the past Sichuan earthquake and floods in Taiwan.