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ASIAN AUSTIN

Contributed by Anita C. Roberts

Ethnicity is as diverse among Austin's Asian American population as it is among its Hispanic, African American and Eastern European racial make-up. In Central Texas, the Asian Pacific American community totals about 111,000 which is almost 8 percent of the City of Austin’s population and its fastest growing demographic. Austin's Asian communities celebrate their diversity and commonality through a number of local attractions, festivals and cultural events throughout the year, including Chinese lion dancing, dragon boat racing, the annual Lunar New Year Festival, and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival which hosts colorful parades, martial arts demonstrations, ethnic food and drink, unique dance performances, and of course, this being the Live Music Capital of the World®, music.