The neighborhood was officially born when the state erected the first Little Saigon freeway off ramp sign. More than 300,000 Vietnamese Americans now live in the county and a second generation is taking over businesses launched by their family.
Despite that, reports the Los Angeles Times, some openly wonder whether Little Saigon will survive.
“The question is, how will we attract the next generation to Little Saigon? Will they want to work as close to their family as I do?” said Thomas Tri Quach who opened up a medical office next to his father’s pharmacy.
His father is confident it will.
“At first, we thought Little Saigon might last 20, 25 years. We were wrong,” Danh Quach said. “I think Little Saigon is here to stay. Mom and Dad might be the tenants, and when they retire, they will pass it on to their children.”
You can read a lot more about the future of Little Saigon from report Ahn Do in the Los Angeles Times.