Asian-Americans Find Success And Struggles In Michigan

May 15, 2017

Nearly 300,000 Asian-Americans call Michigan home. The racial group includes dozens of cultures, languages, business and professional success stories. And struggles, such as school bullying.


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. The month was chosen to mark the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in May of 1843. And to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

According to the US Census, Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in America.

In Michigan, there are nearly 300,000 Asian-Americans.

WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with two Asian-Americans who are also forming policy in Michigan: Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) of House District 6 and Dr. Jamie Hsu, chairperson of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. Click on this sentence for a link to MAPAAC.