Asians in Cleveland

Cleveland's St. Clair Superior Development Corporation started branding the area between East 30th and 40th between Perkins and St Clair (along with a strip on Rockwell from old Chinatown) as AsiaTown about 5 years ago.

The 2000-2010 US Census revealed that Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in Cleveland (the 7 county area) with a 42% growth rate from 2000 to 2010. (Hispanics grew by 39% and Whites decreased 6%)

There are 67,000 Asian Americans in Cleveland (2% of the population) and more than 2,200 NHPI. In Cuyahoga County alone there are 39,136 Asian Americans or 3%. That's a 32% growth from 2000-2010 and 19% growth for NHPI while the total population of Cleveland continues to decline.

The largest Asian American communities in Cleveland are Indian (31%), Chinese (22%), Filipino (12%), Korean (8%), Vietnamese (6%) and Japanese (5%). And these groups are creating an economic impact.

The US Census Bureau 2007 Business Owners Survey indicates that Asian Americans owned over 18,000 businesses in Ohio. 34% of these businesses had paid employees and the 51,000 employees earned nearly $1.4 billion in payroll. That's more than any other racial group except Whites.

Asian Americans are the only racial group in Cleveland that is majority (64%) foreign-born. About 69% of Asian Americans in Cleveland speak a language other than English at home, a rate higher than any other racial group. (The top five Asian languages spoken in Cleveland are Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean.)

Map of Asia

There are, of course, other Asian countries (Russia for example) and Eurasian countries (Turkey, Armenia, etc.) and some overlap with the Middle East (Lebanon, Iraq) but this section will primarily cover the Eastern and Southeast Asian communities. The following specific sections are currently available on ClevelandPeople.Com:









Pacific Islanders


Southeast Asian

Sri Lankan



In addition there are sections under Cleveland Religions for popular Asian religions such as:



and Sikhism

News and Upcoming Events for Asians in Cleveland

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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps


Health Disparities in Asian Populations
November 10, 2016

Margaret Wong and Associates and Case Western Reserve University joined together to create an evening reception to promote health, education, and awareness to the Asian community in Cleveland. The event featured an educational seminar by Li Li, MD PhD, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor and Director. Dr. Li spoke about Acculturation and Health Disparities in Asian Population.

Dr. Li Li explaining health disparities

Li Li, MD, PhD speaking on Asian Health

Photos and videos of Dr. Li's presentation on Asian Health

Healthy Asian Cooking by Rose Wong
November 10, 2016

Rose Wong founded Pearl of the Orient restaurant in 1978. It was the first to offer Northern and Szechuan cuisine in Cleveland Ohio and continues to be a favorite among Chinese food cognoscenti.

Rose created two healthy dishes and answered questions about woks, soy sauce, MSG and more.

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Photos and videos of Rose Wong's cooking demonstration

Cleveland's Asian Immigrant Communities
August 10, 2016

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Global Cleveland hosted a panel discussion at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage titled: Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.

Four members of the Cleveland Asian community spoke and answered questions from moderator Jeffery Allen: Gia Hoa Ryan who came to the US from her native Vietnam in 1971, Asim Datta who came from India, Johnny Wu who has lived in Panama, Taiwan and other places and represented the Chinese community and Nupur Goel who is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy. Her parents emigrated from India 20+ years ago.

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan

Photos/videos of the Asian community panel

Cleveland Asian Festival marches in 2016 St Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2016

The Cleveland Asian Festival, including the OCA Greater Cleveland Dragon Dance Team, marched in the 149th Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade.

Cleveland Asian Festival at St. Patrick's Day Parade

Photos and video of CAF at the Parade


Asian Heritage Day in Cleveland

Each year the City of Cleveland celebrates Asian Heritage Month with an event at Cleveland City Hall. Sometimes the event includes performances and speeches. The 2015 event was a little different.

Mayor Jackson prsented a proclamation to Chia-Min Chen

Mayor Jackson presents proclamation to Chia-Min Chen honoring Asian Heritage Day in Cleveland

Photos and video from the Asian Heritage Day event

Cleveland Asian Festival marches in St Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2015

The Cleveland Asian Festival, including the Dragon Dance team, marched in the 148th Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade. The 6th Annual Cleveland Asian Festival will be May 16 and 17, 2015.

ASIA's International Community Health Center Grand Opening

Asian Town Center - February 25, 2015

The new International Community Health Center (ICHC) on the 2nd floor of the Asian Town Center on East 38th Street fills the need for what ASIA's Executive Director Michael Byun called "Culturally Competent Medical Care" in Cleveland's AsiaTown.

International Community Health Center

International Community Health Center

Photos and videos from the ICHC Grand Opening

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Ariel International Center - January 28, 2015

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) held a Community Listening Session at Ariel International Center on January 28, 2015. The event was coordinated by City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen.

White House Initiative team

White House Initiative team

Photos, videos and resources from the AAPI event


Cleveland Asian Catholic Gathering

About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.

Sesuraj Family

Sesuraj Family at the Asian Catholic Mass and Gathering

2 pages of photos and videos of the Asian Catholic Gathering

Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014

The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda. After a keynote address by Margaret Wong, representatives from over 60 Asian organizations came on stage and told about their group.

Chia-Min Chen

Chia-Min Chen

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Knights of Rizal - Cleveland Chapter

Knights of Rizal - Cleveland Chapter

4 pages of photos and videos of over 60 Asian organizations

More Coming Soon - Work in Progress


2013 Cleveland Asian Festival

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

Photos and videos from the 2103 Cleveland Asian Festival


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