2014 October 19 Sunday
Mainland Chinese Buying Big In Arcadia California

Wealthy Chinese wanting to create a safe haven in the United States naturally prefer to do it where other Chinese congregate. You can bet the safety and course quality of the local high school will rise.

Lately, groups of Chinese investors have pooled their money to buy Arcadian homes, which often aren’t occupied. More than 400 residents showed up at a community meeting with the police department this spring, in part concerned about a spate of burglaries targeting empty mansions. When there are leaks or other problems with a property, even the city struggles to identify who’s responsible. “Who do we contact? Where do we contact them?” says Jim Kasama, the community development administrator for the city’s building department. “Sometimes it’s not that easy.”

We at least should be charging these women some tax fees to get their kids US citizenship.

Just steps from the Arcadia police station, a local TV news reporter uncovered a hotel being used for birth tourism.

The whole article is very interesting, especially toward the end. Note the neighborood disputes.

Enterprising realtors ought to try to steer some of the Chinese buyers into a neighboring town. How about Monrovia or Sierra Madre? Any young couple in the area with babies could move into such a town assured their high school will be much better by the time their kids are ready to go to school. The insulation against larger demographic trends in California would be excellent.

Some might find my views cynical. But 20th century America is long gone. TIme to adjust to the new realities.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 October 19 07:27 PM 


Comments
Robert Holland said at October 19, 2014 11:59 PM:

Uh...OK, so what?

Arcadia Resident said at October 20, 2014 2:15 AM:

You can bet the safety and course quality of the local high school will rise.

Actually, no, I'd bet the quality of Arcadia High School will fall relative to other schools in the area, such as Temple City High School. Arcadia High School has been majority Asian for a long time. The new arriviste buyers from China are not STEM PhDs or technocratic elites. They made a great deal of money through guanxi, networks of influence and patronage. The earlier students at AHS were the children of middle and upper-middle class professionals who have lived in the US for most of their lives; these were the diligent and high-performing students with stereotypical Tiger-Mom parents, who in turn have made AHS an academic powerhouse. The newcomers are fashioned from a different mold: their children are more interested in conspicuous consumption than hitting the books.

Since the newcomers have so much money, they price out these professionals, who must now live in Temple City, San Gabriel, or Alhambra. Consequently their high-performing, academically stellar children will be attending schools in areas outside Arcadia, and will raise the academic profiles of these schools instead. I think Arcadia High School has already peaked.

Enterprising realtors ought to try to steer some of the Chinese buyers into a neighboring town. How about Monrovia or Sierra Madre?

Those neighborhoods are too--shall we say--American for these affluent buyers from China. They don't want to live in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, or Pacific Palisades. They would only consider places which have a 99 Ranch market nearby.

malthus_be_gone said at October 20, 2014 3:15 AM:

@Arcadia Resident:

It's not a matter of whether or not there already were Chinese students. The percentage of Asians is clearly on the rise. That will have an effect on the quality of schools.

Arcadia Resident said at October 20, 2014 7:48 PM:

It's not a matter of whether or not there already were Chinese students. The percentage of Asians is clearly on the rise. That will have an effect on the quality of schools.

Yes, but it's not that quite that clearcut. The quality of the school depends heavily on the quality of the students, and it's true that Arcadia High School is becoming more and more Asian. However, while they are displacing the white student population, the nouveau riche Asians are also displacing other Asian students as well (the more studious ones). Thus, in a decade I think other schools in the San Gabriel Valley benefit viz Arcadia High School, because those schools are where the diligent and industrious students will have to attend, as their families won't be able to afford to live in Arcadia.

Matt@Occidentalism.org said at October 21, 2014 9:53 PM:

It's taken a long time but I have come around to your viewpoint in the last two years, Randall. There can be no national survival, only personal survival.

The funny thing is that this is what our elites have been practicing on us for the last five decades without telling us what they were doing.

Joshua said at February 15, 2015 12:28 PM:

It's not just Arcadia, but Pasadena, San Marino, and even predominantly white areas like Newport Beach and Orange County. This is great for our school system and the housing recovery as a whole.

Joshua S said at February 15, 2015 12:28 PM:

It's not just Arcadia, but Pasadena, San Marino, and even predominantly white areas like Newport Beach and Orange County. This is great for our school system and the housing recovery as a whole.


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