Monday, March 2, 2015

Arcadia As "The Mistress City" - What Exactly Is There To Laugh About, Anyway?

Welcome to the Mistress City
A few short months ago I posted a video from a truly remarkable website called Vocativ (link) that exposed some of the excesses dragging down Arcadia in recent years. Contained in that video is an interview segment with a real estate agent by the name of Peggy Fong Chen. Peggy was questioned about Arcadia's reputation for being a place where extremely wealthy married Chinese nationals stash their mistresses for easy sexual access. As you have seen from viewing this video, Peggy finds this all quite amusing, and adds a few quips of her own to highlight just how funny this is for her. Her worldly knowing smirk and valley girl eye rolls seal the video taped deal for the viewer.

Link to this video here.

However, Peggy's viewpoint isn't the only one to be found out there in our very real world. There is another video you might want to watch as well. It is produced by Own TV, which is a property of the ubiquitous Oprah Winfrey worldwide media empire. The sympathy this time rests with the perceived victim, not a McMansion owning exploiter. Apparently an entirely different perspective from the one our smiling Arcadia real estate agent holds.

In this second video China's mistress system is described as the product of a society where women are often considered subservient second class citizens, and treated that way. They face lives of exploitation and occasional abuse, are often pushed out of their villages at a very young age to find work in the cities, and in any way they possibly can. The opportunities include becoming the mistresses of wealthy married men more than twice their age.

Titled "China's Mistress Village," here is how this video is described by Own TV:

Shenzhen, China is nicknamed mistress village, a place where young girls often develop dependent relationships with older, married men, including Yuki, a 21 year-old girl who finds financial support from her wealthy, married Hong Kong boyfriend.

Link to this video here.

Apparently in China the City of Shenzhen and the City of Arcadia share a similar nickname. That being either "Mistress City" or "Mistress Village." You can only wonder if the pay is commensurate.

Now I suppose it is valid to say that becoming somebody's mistress is hardly unique to young Chinese women. Willingly having live-in sexual relationships with wealthy and much older married men in exchange for material benefits is hardly unique to that society. Obviously there are those who are fine with exchanging their youth for a chance at life in better economic circumstances, no matter what the country. Like it or loathe it, that has been a way of the world for a long time.

But why Arcadia? And why is it happening there today?

How has Arcadia gone from being the comfortable middle class American suburb it was, to a city with a worldwide reputation for being that place in America where older wealthy married foreign nationals conveniently stash young women in their otherwise unoccupied McMansions, and for no other real purpose than sex? And according to today's second video, often for pay?

Where do the culturally blurred lines between mistress and prostitution end in Arcadia these days? Does this form of exploitation really have its place here?

And how exactly is this bettering life in our part of the world? After all, this really is quite a large departure for this particular stretch of the San Gabriel Valley.

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54 comments:

  1. Lucky Arcadians. they can have a house with a kept woman as a neighbor or they can have a neighbor whose business is catering to women about to deliver Chinese babies. Kinda makes it difficult to have an effective neighborhood watch or a July BBQ for the block.

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    1. Yes. My childhood home became a birthing center in south Arcadia. Additionally, for $20,000 you are guaranteed delivery, care, and a one month stay. - What Exactly Is There To Laugh About, Anyway?

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    2. That is a hell of a better rate than you will get at any of the local hospitals.

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    3. The hospital wasn't in that figured in. You're correct, that'd be a bargain. Then again, I wouldn't want to go Methodist Hospital unless they couldn't get me to Huntington before I die.

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  2. There are all sorts of creative things you can do with an empty 6,000 square foot investment property.

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    1. Has Arcadia's city hall gang been allowed to fly to Beijing, such topics could have been addressed. The solution? Bigger houses.

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    2. I am sure all of the money angles would have been pointed out as well.

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    3. Tattler Rule # 1:
      It's always about the money.

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    4. At today's exchange rate, 6000 Yuan = $956.93 US Dollars.

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    5. Wpnder if she's paying Federal & State income taxes on that?

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    6. I'm sure she is.

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    7. Hopefully the rate in Arcadia is higher. Otherwise those McMansions will be homes to starving mistresses.

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    8. Do they have soup kitchens in Arcadia?

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    9. I think they'll be eligible for EBT money under the new Amnesty program.

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    10. This truly is the land of milk and honey.

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    11. The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

      This sounds like the Arcadia Mayor & some of the city councilmen. When will the fed look into this ?.

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  3. Arcadia's bought off Sgt. Schultz city government has an answer for this.

    "I see nothing. Nothing!"

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  4. Another sad situation in the San Gabriel Valley is the explosion of the storefront massage parlors, many of them fronts for prostitution. Lot of the Asian women working in them are victims of human trafficking and indeed may be slaves. Non-Chinese speaking customers cannot tell this, however, because most of the victims cannot speak English.

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    1. Yes, money smugglers are not always oppressed peoples yearning to be free.

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    2. The problem is that you cannot contain this to just Arcadia. Its spilling over into other areas. All the big development projects in Sierra Madre are by Chinese investors whether its One Carter, Stonehouse, Elm, Camillo and the list goes on and on. If present trends continue, I would give Sierra Madre about 5 or 10 years before it becomes its own "Mistress City". You have about 20 million members of the Chinese Communist Party who want to park their ill-gotten gains in a safe haven and have their kids in a more stable country. Ctiy Employees in Arcadia are loving all this money coming in. They don't care about the end result as long as it means more money coming into the City's coffers. Sierra Madre is going to change and change as fast as home are bing sold by our local realtors.

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    3. China was a backward country with very little investment in America not too long ago. The United States then decided to shift its entire manufacturing base to Chiina to expand corporate profits with the cheaper labor. Now their economy grows at more than double the growth of our economy and they recently supplanted the United States as the largest economy in the world. Now, with all that newfound wealth they are buying up real estate as fast as they can in the United States, Canada and Australia. Arcadia only has so many tear down opportunies which is why Sierra Made has become the next frontier. Sit back and take in one of the most rapid demographic changes in American history all focused on the San Gabriel Valley. The consequences can be dire for your average non-Chinese business person because it is common knowledge that Chinese generally use other Chinese like realtor Peggy Fong Chen. Some of our local realtors may be feasting now but they will get squeezed out of the market soon enough. Go down to Monterey Park, and Valley Blvd and now Main Street. If you see any non-Chinese businesses, let me know. If you can read the Chinese characters to know what business you are walking into, let me know. That's the end result when you allow that much immigration without assimilation. One more thing, not only are the Chinese in economic competition with the United States its also becoming a natuional security threat as they assert themselves militarily in the South China Sea and intimidate their neighbors like Japan, South Korea and the Phillipines. As Lenin said, the capitalists will supply the rope used to hang themselves. Enjoy Sierra Madre while you can, because you won't recognize it in ten years whether its the architicture or the businesses or the people. Hate to be so dire but that's our future.

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    4. Development Impact Fees = Ka-Ching!!

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    5. Arcadia's new city slogan: "Vice for a Price."

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    6. Come to think about it, we haven't received a Development Impact Fee update from Sierra madre lately. Where is the money going?

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    7. Shhhh. Don't ask about the City Slush Fund (CSF).

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  5. Are there any homes in Arcadia that are designated anchor baby homes? That is to say, are there homes where pregnant women come to the USA so as to have their child born here?

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    1. Officially, no.

      Unofficially, TONs.

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  6. Mr. Crawford; I believe you are stirring up a lot of anti-Chinese sentiment unintentionally,I hope, please everyone remember that the majority of Asians that immigrate here are looking to better their lives and are hardworking, honest,kind,loving people just like the rest of us.

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    1. Taboo topics can have unfortunate side effects.

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    2. Good point, 8:19. Unfortunately, the hundreds of millions of $$$ flooding into the San Gabriel Valley make such a loud noise that everything else is drowned out. Ghost neighborhoods of empty houses or McMansions occupied by a "wife" will contribute nothing to community volunteerism, PTA or community charitable giving. And that's only part of the list of negatives.

      Try walking around Upper Rancho this week. It looks as if more than half the homes are unoccupied.

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    3. My husband and I often walk Upper Rancho. On one walk we met a Chinese woman who was complaining to us that the Upper Rancho area was filled with homes that are only occupied a couple of months per year. she said it made her feel unsafe to live where you essentially have no neighbors but you do have very expensive homes that invite vandalism or burglary.

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  7. The Own TV video is heartbreaking.

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    1. Obviously "The Mistress Village" has yet to experience any kind of women's rights movement. Do they still shoot feminists in Communist societies?

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  8. I am beginning to believe that our part of the state is being annexed by a foriegn economic power in exchange for more trillion dollar loans to Washington DC.

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    1. And Green Cards for all!

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    2. Corruption on steroids.

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  9. Arcadia has become a city where the dollar or should I say yen is god.
    It is also a city that does not care about the enviornment. They have water restrictions that are a joke..
    They are also a city that is not following the rerusable bag law.

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    1. Thank goodness Arcadia lets us use disposable bags. That's why I grocery shop there.

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    2. Good news. Enough signatures were collected to place the plastic bag ban on the ballot. so it is currently stayed.

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  10. The yen is used in Japan. The yuan is used in China.

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    1. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

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  11. As a European with an American Masters Degree and fluent English,French,Italian & Swedish -I can't stay here without a green card. I can't work here and help an American company export to Europe. So I can't pay taxes and support the economy here. But all manner of less 'useful' individuals seem to stay .
    I could be a wonderful unofficial ambassador to the many well qualified European intelligentsia who would love a chance to live/work here for a few years ,helping to sell American products in Europe. Instead I must leave, just one day ahead of my official end to my temporary Visa. I follow the laws of this lovely country & loose .Most Europeans do the same. Other ethnicities seem to regard the Immigration laws as a challenge easily thwarted by their lies and deceit.And some politicians turn a blind eye to this dishonesty. Those immigrants are the ones you want as neighbors? What will Chinese mistresses do for America?

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  12. 4:05 You pay taxes on everything you buy also everything you buy supports the economy as does the Chinese mistress o
    and her keeper , I think your Masters is not in Economics .

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    1. How about the cash used for all cash purchases? How does that get by the taxman?

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    2. Actually ,it is.I think you are forgetting, State and federal income tax ,capital gains tax, all the employment taxes .Actually that is insignificant compared to the multiplier effect of the incremental export sales and the employment & wealth that creates.
      Back to Trolling for you I guess?

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    3. If you spend any time in the immigrant community ,you will find that between 'friends' ,it is all cash,no receipts .This 'black/grey' economy is huge ! For example - just look at the number of "Grow" shops there are. The average suburban middle-class folks are unaware of all this because they are not the demographic that runs them or deals with them.

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    4. Are mistresses taxable?

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    5. No taxes among "friends". That's why there's a gazillion bridal dress shops in Temple City but the sales tax revenue is so low. Doh!

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  13. I know for a fact the there are hookers in the Santa Anita mall that prey on shopping alone men. It happened to me. A quite attractive Chinese woman who hardly spoke English I caught following me from one store to another. Finally in Nordstoms we struck up small conversation.. She flirted with me and tried to get me to buy her expensive clothing in Nordstroms. I did take her to dinner at the all you can eat sushi place. I got her number and a few weeks later we hooked up until she wanted money. Then I sent her packing only to walk home to Arcadia from Sierra Madre.

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    1. Not necessarily a hooker. More likely looking to get married since your US citizenship would get her a no-challenge green card.

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  14. If so many Arcadia homes are empty, why are the schools so crowded? I hope the schools are verifying addresses.

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    1. Good Question. The Schools get money based on the number of enrolled students. Arcadia schools enroll a lot of kids from Monrovia, Duarte, Temple City, Sierra Madre and the unincorporated areas around Arcadia. You just have to give a simple reason and they are waiting to take you, so their budget doesn't get hit. You don't even need to fake the address. That works too. The officials may not admit to this, but as a parent of a Arcadia high student, most of my sons friends don't live in Arcadia.

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    2. Strange questions you raise. Would you have said the same when Italian mobsters were greasing the wheels at city hall back in thr 70's?

      And - really- Oprah? I would pay the bride price of 1000 Chinese mistresses just to see Oprah in action in her charitable work with " vulnerable girls."

      She's just a pimp, trying to break onto a new block.

      " women are often considered subservient second class citizens, and treated that way."

      Yeah- kind of like how certain record labels exploit women, if you know what I'm sayin'.... No amount of Hollywood Glitz and music label pandering to faux narratives of exploited women even touch the exploitation that goes on up on Mulholland.

      So Oprah-esque concern trolling excuses how certain narratives exploit other narratives, right?

      So whats your beef with a few Chinese guys doing what Oprah does? Big pimpin'....

      And- while we're on the topic of how foreign " black money" pays CA taxes- why don't you mention the Rose Bowl- and all of those Afghan reconstruction dollars that finance it? There's a real story....

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