In the early to mid-twentieth century more Asian and Asian American families arrived Austin. The Ng Family put down roots with the entrance of Ng Bon Hor (Harry Ng) and Lee Son You, who managed the Sam Wah Café and Lim Ting Restaurant. Their relatives continued to run the restaurant into the mid-1980s. Fred Wong and his wife Rose Chin moved to Austin in 1938 and founded New China Food Market soon after their arrival. Their descendant, Dr. Mitchel Wong, became an ophthalmologist and describes his adolescence working in the family grocery store in Pioneers from the East: Wong Family. The Tu Family came to Austin during World War II by way of, Kwei “Duke” Tu, a Chinese military officer fluent in English who was hired to interpret for the air force. He was stationed at Bergstrom Army airfield and chose to stay after the war.
The Smithsonian Collection Waves of Hope: Asian American History in Austin shows the 1875 Census listing Chinese residents of Austin and recounts the stories of early Asian businesses in the city.
The Austin History Center’s Asian Pacific American Subject Guide provides more information on some of Austin’s Asian American communities.
The Austin History Center’s Vietnam to Austin: Restoring Community details the history behind the Vietnam War, the experience of refugees arriving in Austin, and the creation of community for Vietnamese American Austinites. One of these community organizations, the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation, continues to support the “preservation, promotion, and celebration of the history and heritage of Vietnamese Americans” in Austin.