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.)
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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 at the Asian Catholic Mass and Gathering
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.
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.