Asian in Ohio

“We Should Learn Both”: On Teaching Japanese in Small-town Ohio

This story is part of “Asian in Ohio,” an interactive gallery exploring the landscape of Ohio and the Asian and Asian American individuals who...

“This Is My Table”: Kay Xiong Is Bridging Gaps Through Authentic Asian Food

As the owner of Kay’s Table, Kay Xiong is on a mission: to bridge different communities through authentic Asian cuisine. But to build this bridge, Xiong had to cross her own — a journey of hope, hardship and everything in-between. From fleeing Laos at the height of the Vietnam War to defining her own Hmong American identity, this is Xiong’s story.

“Because You’re Able To Connect With People”: On Music and Cultural Experience

He may have been born in Edmonton, Alberta, and his parents may have been Cantonese Chinese from Hong Kong — but today, Merwin Siu firmly declares himself a Toledoan.

“Cleveland Is the Place for Me”: Advocating for Asian American Stories in the Media

Gabriel Kramer is an Ohioan, through and through. He entered into this world at a hospital in Medina — the same one as his father. He walked the stage at Medina High School — the same as his grandfather. Three generations here in the Buckeye state, and yet, he still found himself searching for ways to fit in while growing up— ways that sometimes required him to neglect parts of his mixed-race identity.

Behind the Viral Moment: Lee Wong on His Televised Scar Display and Asian American Patriotism

Lee Wong has long served his country: he spent two decades in the U.S. Army, has been a trustee of West Chester Township since 2005 and is a chairman at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati. Some would say Wong is a textbook patriot. But as the U.S. continues to grapple with anti-Asian hate, Wong has had to prove himself again and again throughout his life.

“Writing Was the Thing That Saved my Life”: On Being a Thai American Writer in Ohio

Born in Chicago to Thai immigrants, author and teacher Ira Sukrungruang spent much of his early life wrangling the divided aspects of his identity — one irrevocably tied to his birthplace and home in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and the other struggling to resonate with the culture, language and traditions of his family’s heritage.

“We Are a Part of the Fabric That Is American Society”: Keeping the Japanese American Story Alive in Dayton, Ohio

The year Donald Hayashi was born, everything changed.  In 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9742, ending Japanese detainment in America — and the incarceration of Hayashi’s own immediate family.

“This Is Freedom!”: From Refugee Camps to Serving Akron, Ohio’s AAPI Community

For Ajino Wah, memories of home are tinged with bittersweet contradictions. On the one hand, he remembers hospitality, lush rivers and gardens. In particular, a love of peace stands out in his sense of home among the Karen people, one of the first ethnic groups to settle in present-day Burma (also known as Myanmar).

Xueling Liu

Xueling Liu is a former preschool teacher from Hunan Province, China. She visited her daughter and grandchildren in the U.S. on and off, six...

Yung-Chen Lu

Dr. Yung-Chen Lu is professor emeritus in the mathematics department at the Ohio State University. He is the founder of the Columbus Asian Festival...

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