Latest US mass shooting will spark calls for tighter gun control - but don't expect action any time soon

It is immediately obvious that Monterey Park is unlike anywhere else in California. The small city of around 61,000 people is eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles but

could be a different country, with its Chinese supermarkets, dumpling restaurants and shop signs written in Chinese alongside English. More than 65% of the people who live

here are Asian American. It is, as one scholar described it, "an ethnic enclave in the suburbs that thrives because it refuses to assimilate, instead unapologetically catering to

its own immigrant community". Still, it is not immune to the most American of tragedies. But even as Monterey Park comes to terms with 10 people shot dead during a ballroom

dance class, there is a quiet and peaceful resolve. In front of a police cordon on the street where the massacre took place, a group of people kneel and pray, asking their

God for strength. Chinese New Year took place at the weekend and just hours before the shooting the street had been filled with thousands of people listening to live music

or buying meat skewers from food stalls. "It is so horrible, it's like this happening for many people on a Christmas Eve or something, it's just terrible," Robert Chao

Romero, a professor of Asian American studies at UCLA, tells me. On Sunday, families with children wearing traditional Chinese dresses came to Monterey Park from other parts

of LA, expecting the second day of the Lunar New Year festival to be under way, but arrived to see stalls and signs being dismantled and police blockades. When they learned

the reason why, they were horrified.