Maya Shimizu Harris is a freelance journalist and visual artist. She was previously the state politics and government reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune and interned for Midstory in 2021. You can view her work at mshimizuharris.com.
Michigan may not seem to be the most likely place for authentic Asian cuisine and experiences, but developers and city leaders in the city of Novi hope that Sakura Novi, a new mixed-use development featuring Japanese and other Asian businesses, will foster cross-cultural connections and support the Asian expatriate community there. The development will be the first of its kind in Michigan and one of only a few in the Midwest. Cover graphic courtesy of sakuranovi.com.
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