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Rosemead's Lunar New Year Festival

By 1st Princess & Miss Friendship, Eileen Kwan

Rosemead, CA - The beautiful city of Rosemead is fondly known by many as “Today’s Small Town America.” Though it hosts a modest population of 54,000 citizens, Rosemead is the bustling epicenter of a growing Chinese population. Solidly flanked by neighboring cities: Arcadia, Temple City, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, the city of Rosemead is a needle that stitches together the blanket of a larger Chinese American community.

On Sunday January 22nd, the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Court met at this pivotal city to welcome the auspicious Year of the Dragon. The Rosemead Lunar New Year Festival offered a culturally enriching experience for local residents and visitors. From colorful vendors to irresistibly delicious street food, the festival was alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a true Chinese new year celebration. The MLAC court was particularly impressed by one particular booth showcasing a crowd-favorite -- Dragon Beard Candy -- made from scratch before their very own eyes!

Distinguished councilwoman and CCCLA VP Polly Low presented the court with certificates of recognition. It was a great honor to be in the company of Councilwoman Low who is known for more than twenty tremendous years of ser-vice to her beloved city.

Through events such as this festival, Rosemead has earned its name as the central hub of Chinese commerce and cultural immersion in the San Gabriel Valley. Following this reputation, perhaps “Today’s Small Town America” should not be considered that small after all.

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