A Bridge Between East and West

East West Bancorp was formed 1973, in Los Angeles, to serve a growing Chinese community. Mainstream banks were reluctant to do business with Chinese immigrants in those days, and East West filled a very important niche. Beginning with in a single branch in Chinatown, East West has grown to become the 40th largest bank holding company in the country – and also one of the most profitable. Yet despite its success over the years, East West Bank has stayed true to its mission of serving the Asian-American community, and that has never been truer than over that last few years....