Josie Huang

Asian American Communities Correspondent

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More Asian Americans live in L.A. County than any other county in the U.S. The communities are varied and complex and often invisible in the mainstream media. I tell the stories of recent immigrants and families who have been here for generations to answer the question: How do you navigate the intersection of being Asian and American and what impact does that have on L.A.’s future?

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Stories by Josie Huang

Measure S: A brief illustrated history of campaign mailers

Some of the mailers looked like eviction notices. Others featured the mayor, former mayor, and President Donald Trump. City and county officials have accused the Measure S campaign of misleading the public, while campaign officials defended the mailers as free speech.

Measure S: The Los Angeles luxury housing debate

Measure S is rooted in a disagreement over the impact of new housing on L.A. rents. Supporters say luxury developments make housing more expensive, and they want to stop construction. Opponents point to the city's housing shortage, arguing any construction adds to supply.

Measure S campaign says mailers protected by free speech

The Yes on Measure S campaign sent LA residents mailers last week that were designed to look like eviction notices from the sheriff's department. The county says the mailers are deceptive, but Measure S organizers say they stand by the mailers.

CA economic concerns grow as Trump's immigration policies roll out

State Sen. Kamala Harris, business leaders and immigration experts cite economic contributions of foreign-born workers in California.

LA County is adding jobs, but the pay isn't great

A new economic report shows that L.A. County has regained all of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, but most of those jobs are in the food services industry, which pays about $20,000 per year.

LA marks 75th anniversary of order to intern Japanese-Americans

The Japanese American National Museum will feature Executive Order 9066, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed to authorize the internment of 120,000 people of Japanese descent.

New housing law discourages 'cash for keys'

In L.A.'s hot rental market, some landlords are offering cash to tenants if they agree to move out. That clears the way for richer tenants who will pay higher rents. The city wants renters to know they can refuse the money and stay put.

LA's most blighted apartments will be inspected more often

On Tuesday, the LA City Council passed a law that requires so called "problem properties" be inspected every two years, instead of the usual four.

Measure S campaigns ramp up ahead of March election

If passed, construction developments that exceed LA's current zoning rules would be banned for 2 years. Supporters say it would stop developers from ramming construction into already-packed parts of the city. Opponents say a ban would mean less housing supply and higher rents.

SoCal's housing shortage puts the squeeze on workers

“We have fallen way behind in terms of being able to build and develop the number of homes we need every year,” said a state official who oversees housing.

ACLU wins release of LAX detainees, but says others still held

An unknown number of people still have not been released by border agents at LAX, attorneys say, as President Trump's immigration order is enforced.

LA affordable housing incentive program isn't working, audit finds

A new report from the City Controller's Office says the city's density bonus program needs a makeover.

Why your mortgage insurance isn't going to get cheaper

Put a small down payment on a house, and you're usually required to purchase mortgage insurance, which typically costs hundreds of dollars per month. An Obama plan to discount that insurance for FHA loans has been scrapped by the Trump Administration.

Women's March of Los Angeles fills Downtown streets with signs, songs

As the streets of Downtown LA filled with people, the march turned in to more of a stand-still rally.

Calif. housing activists protest Mnuchin confirmation

On the eve of Steven Mnuchin's confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary, LA protestors rallied outside his Bel Air home, denouncing his record.