Searching for Austin’s Asian American Soul
I said I missed Asia. His elderly friend beckoned to me and showed me his smartphone–a video of a dance performance in China. Little girls singing shrilly. “If you miss it,” he beamed, “Just watch YouTube.”
Recently I was asked, “Does Austin, Texas have an Asian American ‘soul’?” Depends. According to the New York Times, the Asian American population in Austin is booming at 6.5%, above the national average of 4.2%. And it is expected to double by 2020. You could have fooled me. After living in New York and San Francisco, I find downtown Austin to be a really white place.
Join me as I search for Austin’s very own brand of Asian Americana. Click on an image and work your way through. And if you’d like to recreate the journey, see below for a map of my route.