The Democrats announced Milwaukee as the site for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, July 13-16, 2020. Milwaukee’s Hmong and Asian American communities will have an opportunity to shine in the national spotlight.
Wisconsin voters last November elected Indian American Josh Kaul as Attorney General, the first Asian American to hold that office.
Milwaukee’s Asian American population began with immigrants from China in the late 19th century and grew modestly until the 1970s when the devastation of the Vietnam War brought a surge of Hmong families from Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand to start a new life in the Midwest.
Milwaukee is also a thriving college town, and a number of international students choose to make their home there after graduation.
The result is a multifaceted Asian American experience in the city and a population numbering over 20,000 strong as of the 2010 census.
In addition to the growing Hmong community, Milwaukee’s diverse Asian American population includes Americans and immigrants of Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, and Indian ethnicity.
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