Find your inspiration

An Online Chinese Community Helps Survive America

  • 07
  • 05
  • 2016

Certainly, we all know that being in a country where you don’t know anyone and don’t speak the language is a bit tedious. But some dare to take the leap, whether it’s to look for new opportunities or escape their country’s problems.

Grace Hui experienced just this. As a newcomer in Los Angeles, she had problems getting around because of the language and cultural barriers.

She resorted to the internet as a savior as we all often do. She Googled “Los Angeles immigrant” in Chinese letters and found her heaven:

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 14.28.15

It turned out that was a sort of community for Chinese immigrants, not only in LA, but also in 15 other cities in the U.S.

Being a combination between Yelp and Craigslist, this website is the ‘go to’ for connecting with a country you don’t fully understand.

“American Internet is useless to me. My English isn’t good enough to get the information I need,” said Hui, who used even to look for a job.


Zach Song, founder of, was inspired to create the website when he and his wife were in Grace’s situation back in 2003. He launched the website in 2006 in the hope of helping new immigrants combat the feeling of helplessness.

Slowly, the website built traction and the community started to trust it enough to eventually post things up for sale. With the growing community, the website went through a series of changes to satisfy everyone’s needs.

This isn’t the only resource for Chinese immigrants in LA.

ETAcar, a company launched in 2014 that offers services similar to Uber, is another resource for non-English speaking Chinese immigrants. As are two others –, which helps Chinese speakers find their perfect match, and, which offers their own food delivery app and is currently working with 400 restaurants.


Share This Story

You Might Like These As Well

India space shuttle and earth

India’s first homegrown space shuttle test is successful

Live the Dark Dining Experience in Beijing

South Korea Encourages Citizens to Make Babies

Employees at Alibaba Fired For Mooncake Heist

Japan Breaks The Norm on Smartphones With a Robot

Singapore’s Next Competition: Lazada vs Amazon

Shipwrecked couple stranded on remote island rescued after searchers spot ‘SOS’ in sand

Nestlé Launches Liquid-Nitrogen-Cooled Kit Kats to Amaze Taste Buds

The Backwards Zoo – Where Humans are Caged