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Chinese influx crowding SGV hot spots

As more Chinese immigrants come to the San Gabriel Valley, fitness centers, shopping malls, and public resources are feeling the impact, World Journal (世界日報) reports.

The Journal provides some examples of how these outlets are experiencing increased traffic. The LA Fitness on Main Street, Alhambra started a new policy recently to limit the number of participants in Zumba class to 60, and long-time residents are complaining that there no longer is space for them. An Arcadia resident identified as Christine told the Journal that at the Santa Anita Mall, “Some stores such as Hollister, AF, and Forever21 have very long check out lines, and the small size that most Chinese look for is always out of stock."

Libraries are also feeling the squeeze. Gu, an MBA student studying in LA, told the Journal that a few months ago he went to the Alhambra Civic Center Library, and a crowd had been waiting outside even before the library opened. As soon as the door opened, all the tables with electric outlets were immediately occupied. After turning to the Monterey Park Public Library, Gu still could not find a space to use his laptop.

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7 thoughts on “Chinese influx crowding SGV hot spots”

  1. side note: with the recent racist sentiment towards AF/Hollister, and the enormous Asian population in the SGV, I’m surprised those stores aren’t out of business…whether they have my size or not, their items are over-perfumed, over-priced, and have a history of some really bad PR.

    1. Bad PR?

      Doesn’t seem like it recently, especially in Hong Kong…


      1. smart of them to start adding a mix of models and even hiring locals…seems this blew over pretty quickly despite the rage in asian communities (sept 2012) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/09/hollister-model-twitter-south-k…

  2. With respect to the running out of stock of small-sized clothing, I feel that the mainstream businesses are just dumb. The situation has been like that for many many years. There are customers who are willing to spend, but the businesses are not willing to accommodate them. Perhaps if Mervyn’s were paying attention to customers needs, at least its Alhambra store would still be there? If it did not pay attention to Asian customers’ needs in Alhambra, perhaps it did not pay attention to other customers’ needs elsewhere either. Some just say Chinese businesses rely on low labor cost to bring down its operating cost. Well, JC Penny’s goods are not cheap; Asians are still willing to buy but they offer limited small-sized clothing. I went there and couldn’t find my size so I stopped going there. I hope the governments do not subsidize, directly or indirectly, these arrogant and incompetent businesses. I feel that some municipal govts are paying too much attention in attracting those national or brand-name businesses. If those companies don’t know a thing in the demographics in SGV and think they can run their business like in San Fernando Valley, well, I’d say they don’t deserve any tax incentive or any kind of public money. Too many businesses only know to blame the economy but not their own stupidity.
    I feel the Alhambra Library is at least better than the Rosemead Library, which has become a noisy day care center for kids.

  3. Agree with Joesph Smith on this issue. Unfortunately, the anti-development crowd in the San Gabriel Valley (including Alhambra) constrains the political will to develop projects that commensurate the growth we are experiencing in the SGV. Cases in point, the Piazza Las Tunas Project at Rosemead/Las Tunas faced lots of scrutiny for the original size of the development and even the West Main St Corridor projects were subject to criticism. There was also a Caruso project planned at the race tracks near Santa Anita Mall, but that got stalled after community and mall management (Westfield) opposition. I think its ok not to overdevelop, but just like real estate speculation, sometimes determining how much to build is never an exact science. Build too little where something is needed and you get large crowds pooling up in specific areas. The community and city needs to work closer together in planning instead of only complaining about traffic, crowds, and development. There will only be more people moving into SGV as our population grows. We need to plan accordingly.

    The article mentions the Alhambra Library. Although the library is nice, it definitely gets crowded. I think the library should have been one story higher (or more) but was only limited to two floors. Even the patio area on the second floor has restricted hours.

  4. agree with Mr. Smith.

    How can this influx of flush immigrants possibly be a bad thing? (Beyond driving up the cost of real estate.)

    Gu’s an MBA? How about s/he visits her campus library?

  5. I see this is as GOOD news!

    Businesses and public spaces will expand to meet the demand. This is how jobs are created.