Change comes with benefits and questions about Arcadia’s cultural identity

When Dr. James Chinn moved to Arcadia in 1956, no bank would approve a home loan for anyone who looked Asian. Arcadia was a small town of chicken farms and big, deep lots built by largely white Christian and Mormon World War II veterans. The population, about 28,700 in the early ’50s, had exploded to about 41,000 by 1960, according to Arcadia Historical Society figures. The Chinns — the first ethnically Chinese family to move to Arcadia — had chosen Arcadia for its schools, neighborhoods, and proximity to the hospital where Dr. Chinn worked. Dr. Chinn eventually borrowed money...

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