No, it isn’t your reality, because you don’t even have that in Acton. It’s no one’s reality in the Santa Clarita Valley or the Antelope Valley either (though there was a 3-in-1 “Asian” place in Palmdale, but it didn’t last long and still is one Japanese-Chinese place :shudder:) . “Real” Chinese is what is truly missing out this way and why I drive to the SGV. There’s not even much in the way of “sit down” Americanized Chinese out this way. Only Dragon Palace has items like xiao long bao, chicken feet and a small dim sum menu,
There is decent Thai in the Antelope Valley, though, obviously more of the basic dishes and not the stuff you’d find in Thai Town or North Hollywood (then again, how many places outside of those two have those items? Thailand?)
One Vietnamese place in Palmdale. Small menu, but does the basics decently. Beef pho and spring rolls available at Vietnamese run boba place in Lancaster.
Three Korean places. Again, the basics (BBQ and in one case, a few other items). They’re not going to confuse anyone with Koreatown’s selections, but…they are there and do exist.
Many sushi bars (which do have the occasional grilled item), but obviously, nothing like the South Bay or Sawtelle.
So, it’s up to you what reality you make. You can biitch, gripe and whine, or drive North or South and find some pleasant surprises. Spoggly already gave some good suggestions, and there are others. Do a search on Chowhound, where I know the SCV and AV came up. Even check (gulp) Yelp for places outside the norm.