August 30, 1998 |
As did the multitudes of World War II veterans and baby boomers who transformed Southern California in decades past, a great influx of Asian and Latino immigrants is leading to epochal shifts in the region's housing market. New studies show that one in every five home buyers in Southern California is foreign-born. That ratio is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as more immigrants establish themselves and enter prime home-buying age.
April 27, 1997 |
Tawa Supermarkets, whose flagship 99 Ranch Markets is a favorite of Asian consumers throughout Southern California, got its start because a Taiwanese immigrant named Roger Chen missed the flavors of home. Chen, who moved to Orange County with his family in 1983, found himself driving to Chinatown each weekend to buy Tong I cookies, his favorite brand of soy sauce and the green vegetable tong ho (a must for Chinese hot pot).
April 23, 1997 |
Legal immigration to the United States, fueled by a decade of changes in immigration law and dominated by Latin American and Asian arrivals, surged 27% in 1996, with 915,900 foreigners receiving visas to come to or remain in the country permanently.
November 1, 1996 |
They are both 28-year-old lawyers with the same last name. They came to this country as children and seem paragons of immigrant achievement, proof that the battered American dream still has plenty of life to it. They both have crammed debates and forums about Proposition 209 into their schedules. But there the similarity ends. Jerry Kang is doing everything he can to defeat the initiative, which would end state and local government-sponsored affirmative action aimed at women and minorities.
September 22, 1996 |
South Vietnamese army Col. Trinh Canh spent 10 years in Communist re-education camps after the U.S. withdrawal from his country. Now an elderly refugee living on welfare in Orange County, he fears another U.S. retreat, this one from the War on Poverty. Canh is among tens of thousands of Californians caught in an ironic twist brought about by the new welfare reform law: Some people brought to the country by the foreign policy of the past may be left behind in the domestic policy of the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1996 |
Six years ago, Ot Bonsynat and his family were sitting in their Long Beach home when a bullet crashed through their living room window, killing his wife and 17-year-old daughter. Bonsynat, a churchgoing man who fled the Communists in Laos and Cambodia, raised his surviving five children alone, teaching them that God and education are important ingredients in life. That faith was tested again over the weekend as devastating tragedy revisited Bonsynat and his family.