…the center of Asian America is the 626, which for those of you who don’t know is the area code for the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. Okay, maybe there’s a little bit of hyperbole (or a lot) there but do you blame me taking some pride in my neighborhood? Having been born, raised, and still living in the 626, I remember back in the 90s when no one outside of the San Gabriel Valley knew about the San Gabriel Valley—let alone its area code. I was so desperate for 626 representation and love that I got excited when Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, was named “Experiment 626”…Now because of…wonderful events like the 626 Night Market [‘the largest Asian night market in the U.S., featuring over 160 food and merchandise vendors, live entertainment, DJs, short films, children’s activities’], people are starting to take notice.
a conversation with Aileen Xu
the content creator, spokesperson, and media relations manager for the 626 Night Market.