Does Anybody Know Where Mainland Chinese USC Students Get Their Chinese Food Fix?


Did you get out and inspect the trucks? There are trucks along Jefferson across from the international student housing. Some of them have old singage so if you just drive past you might think it was an old taco truck or fancy puffy taco or something like that. Usually there are four and each one carries a WIDE array of different chinese items. Some trucks have specials as well. So you can get your intestines. Your beef noodle soups. Your Popcorn Chicken. Everything comes in Combo, so Rice, Veg, Soup. So it’s a LOT of food. But It’s all middling quality. Not terrible, but not anything that prevents us from taking trips to SGV. But for the price (all the trucks seem to take cards) and the convenience, it’s not been a bad choice for us…


I live near USC and am frequently on Campus. I see and hear a LOT of Chinese. They are there, attending classes and eating Lemonade and using the Sprinkles ATM. They don’t tend to wander far from the campus though.

The ABC/Ks though, I see them in my neighborhood! They live in University Park and get out to Natures Brew, Bacaro, up until recently Rewts/Hashtag. I see them all the time on the train, at the DTLA target. They are more apt to live downtown IME.

It will be interesting to see what the the new village brings tho’ Restuarants are usually last to sign on leases, but hopefully someone gets smart because there is also a strong ‘campus tour’ set.



Yeah. They get a special USC rate. The Ubering around campus is RIDICULOUS! Always cars stopped on Fig simultaneously picking people up/dropping off at the Chipotle. I almost always get hit from one zooming around the parking lot at the Ralphs on Vermont. This is why I take the train to Whole Foods or drive to Urban Radish. I always leave the Ralphs on edge.



Those are generally not mainlanders.


One of the best quickie Chinese food places in the city! But their selection was more akin to Panda Express. But also keep in mind these are STUDENTS. Students anywhere, food is mostly about comfort and fuel. Socializing to a certain degree now. Although I rarely see them gaggle like the ABCs. Most of the time the customers of the trucks come in and then scuttle back to the student housing. We are usually the one talking to the trucks. Also, the trucks leave at around 7p.


Perhaps, but they definitely are not the ABC/Ks that I interact with on campus either. There are distinct factions, like most schools, but things at USC are a bit more magnified.



100% this, “the Chinese Beverly Hills”. Look at Santa Anita mall nowadays it caters to the mainlanders.


Chinese people are some of the most intra-racial racists.




according to:

there are 4653 chinese foreign students in terms of country of origin. they further distinguish 363 taiwanese foreign students; from which i infer that the 4653 are all… mainlanders?

i leave it to others to break down the demographics into greater detail and identify the percentage of HCC kids with eriou moolah.


Extremely large number of HK students when I was there.


HK students have largely disappeared.


As someone who frequents the Expo Train line. which has THREE stations right near the SC campus, i see that it’s quite easy for SC students to take the train to either Chinatown or further east to the SGV. I also see that, because of the train, many SC students do not live near campus. In the case of Mainland Chinese students, I could see they might prefer living near the food rather than campus.


What is an ABC/Ks?


American Born Chinese / Koreans


It’s probably why Shao Kao (RIP) did pretty well there.


Are there great Chinese restaurants walking distance from Gold Line stations?


There are great Chinese restaurants uber-able from Gold Line stations.

Destination Chinese restaurants
Destination Chinese restaurants

TonyC answer: Wherever there’s a fuerdai exotic car fest parked out front…


Best line ever.