I am a Chinese-American who strongly objects to the alarmist and racist remarks made by Monterey Park Mayor Barry Hatch.
In a May 27 article, he claims that the "the race of the Chinese has over a billion people and they're looking for a soft place to land . . . the whole (San Gabriel) Valley is what they want. . . . "
Wouldn't most people in the world want to live in a free country? The mayor has no right to malign a race of people just because their culture is foreign to "Americans." We are Americans of all races and cultures trying to make a life for ourselves.
Recent immigrants take time to assimilate and what the mayor says does nothing more than inflame racist attitudes. It is unfortunate that a public official can be so insensitive and ignorant of different cultural values.