Originally Posted by Rail Claimore
One of the things I do love about visiting California is what you described though. California is probably the largest concentration of English-speaking East-Asians outside of Singapore. It's very much like "What if Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Viets, etc. Decided to settle in another country, patronize each others' businesses, and speak English as the common language amongst each other."
You are absolutely right in this regard. It's the closest thing to Pan-Asianism out there. It's probably more of phenomenon within the past 10-15 years though. I remember back in the day, any type of Asian restaurant you walked into, no matter if it was *your*
Asian ethnicity or not, they would instantly talk to you in said language, assuming you were one of them. Of course, people not from that country would never
be remotely interested in their cuisine, right?
Nowadays, with all the different ethnicities patronizing, the default language has indeed become English. It's not unusual to see a ramen shop packed with Filipinos, Viets going to the Taiwanese shaved ice place, Korean people at a boba shop, and HK folks at a Korean BBQ establishment.
This has also led to a change in demographics of the employees. Since English is pretty much standard, you will see less and less of the mature ladies from the old country, and more 2nd and 1.5 gens who can speak both the native tongue (since they still cater to said ethnicity as well) and fluent English.