‘I do not feel safe’ By Reuters


© Reuters. Police examine the scene of a shooting that occurred throughout a Chinese Lunar New Year event, in Monterey Park, California, U.S. January 22, 2023. REUTERS/Allison Dinner


By Tim Reid

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (Reuters) – Since she was a little woman, Li Xia’s dream was to move from China and settle in America. On Saturday night, when she heard the shooting that eliminated a minimum of 10 individuals in her newly found house of Monterey Park, California, that dream was shattered.

“In my heart, I always felt the United States was the best country in the world,” Xia, 50, stated, simply 4 months after leaving her house in Shenzhen Province to settle in the peaceful enclave of Monterey Park near Los Angeles.

“Now, I am so sad. I can’t believe it. I don’t want to stay here one more day. I don’t feel safe. I want to move back to China,” the retired mathematics instructor stated.

Monterey Park belongs to a cluster of little cities that being in the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles, all with a growing Asian American neighborhood, primarily from China. The city of 60,000, where around 65% of locals are Asian, is regularly ranked as one of the very best and most serene locations to reside in the United States.

On Sunday early morning, after America’s newest mass shooting, this time of revelers commemorating Lunar New Year in a Monterey Park ballroom, locals collected in little groups in shocked shock and discouragement.

The massacre ended what had actually been the city’s very first in-person event of the Lunar New Year in 3 years, considering that the COVID-19 pandemic started. The three-day occasion, among California’s most significant, is now canceled.

Vendors took apart stalls on Sunday, while employees took apart a fairground.

The city’s slogan is “Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future,” however for lots of the violence and scary of Saturday night has actually shaken that faith.

“We are all so sad. We were so excited to celebrate the new year. Now we will just be praying for the victims,” stated Muohan Chi, 14. Police state 5 guys and 5 females were eliminated, and 10 others hurt in the attack.

Chi’s dad, Jianzhong Chi, 35, stated: “We just want this to end.”

The Monterey Park neighborhood is close knit, city leaders stated. On Saturday night, Muohan Chi began getting numerous messages about the massacre in a friends and family chat group on her phone. That consisted of graphic images of victims stretched on the ballroom flooring, although Chi stated she does not understand who took them.

Chester Chong, chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, stood near the ballroom, surrounded by yellow cops tape, armed officers and below the sound of cops helicopters.

“It’s such a beautiful and quiet city,” Chong stated. “People here all know each other, help each other. This is terrible.”


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