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A makeshift memorial site in front of Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, where a gunman killed 11 people Saturday night.

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A makeshift memorial site in front of Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, where a gunman killed 11 people Saturday night.

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

The people of Monterey Park, California, are usually celebrating the Lunar New Year right now, one of the biggest holidays of the year in a community that is two-thirds Asian. Instead, the city is mourning a terrible loss.

Ailsa Chang went to the scene of Saturday night’s mass shooting in Monterey Park to talk to people there about the impact of the tragedy on their community, which is often described as the “first Suburban Chinatown” in America.

We also hear from Min Zhou, professor of sociology and Asian American studies at UCLA, about the history and significance of Monterey Park as a safe space for Asians and Asian Americans.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s happening in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Jonaki Mehta, Michael Levitt and Connor Donevan. It was edited by William Troop. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.

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