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09/01/2013 02:10 pm ET

Tracing The Historic Margins Of Los Angeles - Latimes.com

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A tour bus pulled up outside of a sun-baked strip mall in Monterey Park and 30 sightseers stepped out.

They had come to behold Wing Hop Fung, a sprawling tea and herb emporium that moved here several years ago from Chinatown to serve the growing population of Chinese immigrants living in the San Gabriel Valley. With its barrels of dried ginseng and jasmine tea tastings, the store exemplifies the area's "complete transformation" from a one-time white suburb, tour guide Richard Schave explained.

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