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10 of the best Chinatowns in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
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Monterey Park

The first suburban Chinatown was created in Monterey Park. Half of the population of the city, in the San Gabriel Valley to the east of Los Angeles, is of Chinese descent. Another quarter of the residents claim another East Asian ethnicity (Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino).

When the first Chinese Americans moved to Monterey in the 1970s, the city actually tried to pass an ordinance requiring businesses to only use English signage. This effort eventually failed, and Monterey drew more and more Chinese residents. Today, the town is sometimes called Little Taipei or, more affectionately, Chinese Beverly Hills.