There are some 30,000 Korean-Americans or persons of Korean descent living in Northern California. Many have been deeply affected by the mass killings at the Oikos University in Oakland.
Strip malls like the one along the El Camino in Santa Clara are the closet thing to a Koreatown in the South Bay.
There you will find Korean-language newspapers where the mass killings by a Korean-American gunman is front page news.
John Kang is a minister who uses music to spread the gospel. He said the shootings saddened him.
"I cry," said Kang. "I don't know what happened. So I pray, I pray."
Local resident and Korean-American Peter Chung said the Korean community can't help but be affected. "Definitely. I think it will have a bad reflection on Korean people," said Chung.
What troubles many is that the mentally ill gunman who killed 32 at Virginia Tech five years ago was also Korean-American.
Korean-American Cindy Yo said she feels ashamed.
"We value family, education is very important in our culture and this kind of incident is not very common we see growing up in Korea and even here," Yo said.
Family therapist, Dr. Mathew Lea said there are no easy answers. But he also noted that Koreans and Asian-Americans in general are not as open to seeking mental health help.
"Within the community, people are wondering why is this happening again in the community," said Lea. "We tend to repress our feelings a lot. I think that probably has to do with a lot of anger inside. When you repress so much it has to come up and unfortunately it comes up in very extreme ways."
Dr. Lea and others said this sort of violence is less likely to happen in Korea simply because guns are illegal there.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.