The region now officially known in local pop culture as "the 626" has become a point of pride for some second-generation Asian Americans, many of them children of Chinese immigrants who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and have since put their uniquely American cultural stamp on it.
The SGV is celebrated in a wildly popular hip-hop video by The Fung Brothers comedy duo, who were featured today in the Los Angeles Times. But not so fast, says blogger and Calvin Ho of The Plaid Bag Connection, a site that explores Asian diaspora issues and sociology.
As with other pockets of greater Los Angeles laid claim to by or identified with a dominant group (think, for that matter, the socioeconomically diverse 310 area code) the San Gabriel Valley is prone to a "disconnect between the entirety of the area and people indicated by the area code and slim, privileged sections that 'the 626' refers to," Ho writes. More from his post today: