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Celebrating Asian American Heritage Through Travel

Asian Americans make up just 7 percent of the United States’ population but have contributed incalculably to the nation through arts, culture, science, and technology, as well as civil rights activism.

In between 2000 and 2019, the Asian American population of the USA grew by 81 percent—from around 10.5 million people to 18.9 million, according to the Pew Research Center. Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the country and, as a result, their myriad contributions to America’s cultural landscape, which manifest in world-class museums, outstanding dining experiences, exciting Chinatowns and Koreatowns in major cities, and talented women surfers who effortlessly ride legendary waves in Hawai‘i—it’s all an essential part of why it’s so exciting to visit America now.

However, Asian American people continue to face high levels of hate and discrimination. A 2022 study released by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum revealed that 75 percent of women who identify as Asian American or Pacific Island Islander reported that they experienced racism in the past year. And that’s to say nothing of the uptick in violent hate crimes.

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) this year, AFAR is celebrating the Asian American community with inspiring stories from chefs, business owners, and Jollibee enthusiasts. In this spread, you’ll find explainers on how to best enjoy Chinatowns and Koreatowns in major cities, chef recommendations of restaurants in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, talks with celebrities like Ronny Chieng, and a heartfelt essay on the merits of Chicken Joy and Texas. Read on for your comprehensive travel guide to Asian America.—Mae Hamilton

Jollibee offers a comforting stop—and destination—for Filipinos who travel.
Groceries at Nijiya. A bowl of ramen at Kouraku. Dinosaur eggs at Café Dulce. Here’s how to experience one of L.A.’s most popular neighborhoods according to Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida.
There are an abundance of restaurants in Houston’s Asiatown. Chef Nikki Tran narrows it down with her five favorites.
From Wing Luke Museum in Seattle to a jeepney tour in L.A.’s Historic Filipinotown, here’s how to make the most out of APAHM this year.
The good, bad, ugly—and beautiful—things about Texas.
The artist, producer, and composer has found home again but is also dreaming of distant destinations. And tacos.
Where to play, eat, shop, and stay in one of L.A.’s most bustling cultural hubs.
Chef Jonathan Yao is the founder of the Michelin-starred restaurant Kato. Here’s where he goes for the best Taiwanese food in L.A.'s San Gabriel Valley.
The comedian and star of “American Born Chinese” loves his mom and dad.
The performance artist, writer, and activist travels to remain a perpetual student of the world.
There’s no place on Earth that Grace Young loves more than Manhattan’s Chinatown—here’s her guide to the iconic neighborhood.
From har gow at Good Mong Kok Bakery to roast pork at Hing Lung, these are Brandon Jew’s favorite places to chow down in Chinatown.
In the wake of a nationwide surge of anti-Asian hate crimes, writer Bonnie Tsui reflects on the resiliency of Chinatowns.
Everything you need to know to get the most out of the largest Koreatown in the world.
Everything you need to know about one of Orange County’s most interesting neighborhoods.
Cute boutique shops, Nashville hot fried chicken, and some of the best dim sum you’ll ever eat west of the San Gabriel Valley—Chinatown has it all.
Firecrackers. Feasts. Red envelopes. There’s so much to love about this lively holiday.