Metairie's Lucy Chun has worked for years in the community, fostering relationships both business and social. Her latest appointment will help her shape the future of New Orleans.
Chun is the only Asian American selected to serve on the International Engagement subcommittee of the New Orleans Tri Centennial Celebration Committee for 2015-2018. Among other services, she will highlight and update the Asian American contributions in the development of our multi-cultural and multi-ethnic city and state.
"The Asian Americans in our city and state are diverse. Their roots reach many Pacific Rim nations and areas. Their achievements trumpeted their presence," Chun said.
According to the 2010 Census, 84,000 Asian American reside in Louisiana and more than 25 percent of them live in greater New Orleans. Vietnamese make up 55 percent of the total, Chinese make up 15 percent; the Indians make up 11 percent and the combination of Korean, Filipino and Japanese make up 10 percent.
Both the Filipino Americans and the Chinese Americans were among the earliest settlers in our city and state, Chun said. Around 1766, the Filipino settlers, who were forced into service in the gallon trade, jumped ships in Mexico to escape the brutality of the "Spaniards."
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