The Asian population is growing at a faster percentage in North Texas than any other demographic, according to US Census data.
In Tarrant County alone, 129,437 Asians were counted in the 2020 census – a jump of 53% from 10 years earlier.
At 1.5 million Asians now make up 6% of Texas’ population, the data shows.
In Haltom City, An Truong – an immigrant from Vietnam – has been elected mayor twice.
Truong believes Asians are actually underestimated due to a culture that values privacy.
“Every time you have a US census, Asians don’t think they have to tell you about my identity, you know, my personal identity,” Truong said.
Truong recently formed the Vietnamese-American Association of North Texas to unite the growing population.
Tom Ha also immigrated from Vietnam – at the age of 24 – and now runs an insurance business in Haltom City.
“When I arrived, I came with nothing at all,” he said. “A pair of shoes and the clothes on my back and that’s it, but America is a land of great opportunity.”
He also noticed the recent surge in the Asian population.
“It’s a big increase,” Ha said. “Because I’m in business, I saw it, I witnessed it.”
Both men say many Asians who moved to California for the weather are now moving to Texas for the economy and family values.
“Asian culture is very family-friendly,” Ha said. “And we rely on ourselves and we build our own systems.”
Asian growth – the fastest of any demographic – is changing Texan culture.
“So you will see a lot of influence on the Asian community in the political, educational and also the economic aspect of the community,” Ha said.
And politics too.
Truong, who became a Fort Worth police officer after arriving in Texas and then spent years working undercover, said many people were surprised to learn he was mayor.
But he said he could only have been elected with the support of non-Asians.
“The Vietnamese population alone is not enough to put me in office,” he said. “I think the majority of Caucasians love me and want me to be mayor. “
Ha said the former guard of Asian immigrants like himself and the mayor welcome newcomers.
“I am very happy to see it and I am happy that we can contribute to this nation because America has been so good to refugees and without America we might already be dead,” Ha said. .