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In Monterey Park, immigrants go to job agencies for the American Dream

In Monterey Park, immigrants go to job agencies for the American Dream

Wedged between a travel agency and a hair salon off one of Monterey Park's busiest streets, Honesty Employment Agency has no English sign. There one recent afternoon, three young men lounged on black leather couches, chatting in Mandarin about jobs in distant states. "Dallas is very good, if you know a little English," said the owner, Mimi Chen. "I'm afraid it won't work out, and I'll end up going for nothing," replied one man with spiky hair and a shy manner. The phone rang, and soon Chen was niftily managing two conversations at once, a cellphone pressed to one ear, a landline to the other. She scrawled job listings in one of the notebooks...

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