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East San Jose (or the East Side; less commonly the East Valley) is the name for several neighborhoods east of downtown San Jose, Californiamarker. These neighborhoods include:

Demographics

East San Jose's residents are predominantly Vietnamese, Mexican American, Filipino, Cambodians, and Samoans, in order of size. A neighborhood around Alum Rock and King has a small pocket of immigrants from Portugal (but primarily the Azore Islands) This section of East San Jose includes a plaza known as Little Portugal. Included in the area are Portuguese sausage shops, markets and the Five Wounds church.

History

East San Jose was also the name of a small former city that sat to the east of San Jose, which was annexed by the City of San Jose in 1911.

Before World War II, East San Jose was a small section of San Jose located on the east banks of the Guadalupe River and west of today's U.S. Route 101. After World War II, when cities all over California started to face massive suburban development, new housing developments were constructed all over the Santa Clara Valley. The housing developments that were built east of downtown were at first ethnically mixed and included whites, Chinese, African Americans, and Mexican Americans. In the 1970s and 1980s, the region became mainly populated by Mexican Americans as Hispanic immigrants moved into the area.

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