|Steve "GemCoin" Chen, two fake badges and a gun.|
Arcadia's Chinese residents are just as opposed to government corruption as everybody else, and to suggest that they might automatically overlook John Wuo's vast ethical failings due to some sort of racial group-think is little more than a product of intolerant and supercilious ethnocentric assumptions. I am pretty sure you know its source and exactly who it benefits.
There are two big indications that support in the Chinese community for the now embarrassing John Wuo is rapidly falling away in Arcadia. The first is a rather stunning and perhaps unexpected Facebook post that first appeared earlier this week.
Who is Kin Hui you might be asking? As far as business affairs in Arcadia go he is perhaps the most influential man in town. His holdings, particularly in real estate and finance, are immense. Politically his support can make or break a candidate, particularly in the Asian community. And at election time his approval is heavily sought after, and carries a lot of weight.
For those of you who might not be aware, here is how Kin Hui's biography reads:
Owner and manager of the Singpoli Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, Kin Hui believes in networking. Each member of the Singpoli Group benefits from the sharing of ideas and experiences across their varying disciplines which, in turn, creates better results for all.
The son of a structural engineer and an architect, Mr. Hui obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Woodbury University and holds a California General Contractor’s license. Led by Mr. Hui, Singpoli Group companies specialize in real estate investment and development, general construction, property management, architecture and building design. The group has a stake in several successful real estate development ventures throughout the United States.
Singpoli projects include the 5 Beekman Street development project in New York’s Lower Manhattan; Colorado at Lake and 2 North Lake Tower in Pasadena; Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn by the Sea in Marina Del Rey; and Milpitas Landmark Tower in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The latest development, Landmark Tower, is a joint venture between Singpoli and Shanghai Bading Group. Located in the heart of Milpitas, California and slated to open in 2018, Landmark Tower will be an 18-story, mixed-use facility with up to 760,000 square feet of office, retail, and residential condominium units.
Mr. Hui’s charitable contributions are quite notable. Founder of the Kin Hui Charity, he is devoted to helping orphaned special needs children. Additionally Mr. Hui and Singpoli have supported a variety of regional nonprofits affiliated with prestigious local institutions including the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the American Cancer Society, California Institute of Technology, Huntington Library, Pasadena City College, and University of California, Irvine. He is the honorary chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles.
National and regional leaders including U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, state Sen. Carol Liu, Controller John Chiang, Assemblyman Ed Chau and the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Pasadena and San Marino all have recognized Mr. Hui’s contributions to Southern California. He has also been honored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Boy Scouts of America and the Overseas Chinese Business Exchange.
Spearheaded by Mr. Hui’s desire to reach out to the community, Singpoli has sponsored award winning floats in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2014 entry titled “Connecting Cultures, Delivering Dreams” won the parade’s Extraordinaire Trophy. Singpoli’s entry for 2015, “A Bright Future”, won the Grand Marshal’s Award for excellence in concept and design. Plans are underway for another spectacular entry in 2016.
The other indication that John Wuo is being unceremoniously thrown under the bus is the following article that appeared in the newspaper Chinese Daily USA. This publication is owned by Arcadia City Councilman Sho Tay. Until recently Johnny GemCoins could do no wrong as far as this paper goes, but that has now changed, and perhaps radically so.
Please note that the following is a Google translation, and some of the terminology found here is a bit dicey. As examples, "Treasure Currency" is actually GemCoins, and Hubei Zhi-chao is John Wuo.