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Orange County home to third-largest Asian American population in U.S.
Orange County home to third-largest Asian American population in U.S.

When the Chinese School in Irvine opened in the 1970s as a home for teaching the native language and culture, only 30 students filled a handful of rented classrooms. Now, it has its own campus — bursting with more than 1,200 students. It's a reflection of the explosive growth of Orange County's Asian population, which a new study now ranks as the third-largest in the nation, after Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties. In a sprawling county of 3 million residents, today there are nearly 600,000 Asian Americans, marking a dramatic 41% increase from 2000 to 2010. Orange County's Asian communities also are developing differently from older ethnic enclaves. Rather...

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