The Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (APACC) has launched a program aimed at helping promote Michigan as a good place to do business and live in for Asians and other immigrants.
The launching of the program was marked by the distribution of a flyer entitled “Asian Lifestyle-Michigan Style.”
The flyer is in five Asian languages – namely, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. The Philippine section of the flyer is in English.
In the flyer, APACC cites various reasons why Michigan is a good place to live in. In part, it states, “Michigan offers the best medical and healthcare systems, employing thousands of doctors, nurses and physical therapists.”
APACC also states that “Michigan, particularly Detroit known as ‘Motown,’ offers vibrant entertainment” and has four major sports teams – Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons.
The chamber cites Michigan as a good place to attend school as “it has many universities noted for their high quality of education.” These include the University of Michigan and the Michigan State University.
In the Philippine section, APACC notes that the Philippine American Community Center operates a school which offers bilingual education and courses on cultural heritage for Filipino-American youth.
“People stay in Michigan for the seasonal weather” and the comparatively low “prices of homes, services and goods,” the flyer likewise states. Michigan has also good programs for senior citizens.
Another come-on for Asians to live in Michigan is that it has a wide variety of Asian restaurants and grocery stores.
APACC, which is described as “your gateway to the Asian and US business network,” represents “a strong coalition to foster the empowerment of Asian Americans and stimulate economic growth for both Asian and US businesses, locally and globally.”
At an APACC’s board meeting held last Feb. 29 at the Fuji Buffet in Madison Heights, APACC Executive Director Denise Yee said the flyer is the product of collaborative efforts among the various trade chambers composing APACC. The flyer shows that “we have a pretty solid Asian community” in Michigan, Yee said.
The meeting was presided over by new APACC President Suk-Kyu Koh. The members of the board of directors in attendance were Tong Tong Wang, Yao Kuo, Ryan Rosario, Betsy Henry, Shosaka Ueda, Honglu Wang and Joseph Tasma.