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History of Asians and Asian Americans in Houston

May is AAPI Heritage Month. AAPI stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander – a community that has deep and diverse roots here in Houston.

L-R, clockwise: Joyce Isabella Chow & Beck Hong Gee; Poonam & Atul Salhotra; Deborah & Jimmy Lin; Melanie & Kendall Toarmina Pang; All are featured on “Dear Houston — Love, Asian America,” a podcast by the Houston Asian American Archive


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When you think of Houston's AAPI community, you might think fondly of the vibrant businesses, restaurants and community centers in the city's Asia Town.

But Asia Americans have been making a mark all over Greater Houston since the late 19th century.

Today, in honor of Asia American and Pacific Islander – or AAPI – Heritage Month, we celebrate the history of Asians and Asian Americans right here in Houston.

Experts discuss the diversity, contributions, and challenges of the AAPI community, as well as the hopes and dreams of the next generation.

In addition, we talk about Asia Society Texas’ 31 Ways to Celebrate AAPI Month in May and beyond.


Dr. Anne Chao

Stephanie Todd-Wong

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