Four supermarkets focusing on products for the Asian community will soon be operating in a five-mile stretch in Mesa, including a new Korean market recently announced for the area. Mesa vice mayor Dennis Kavanaugh and Lori Hashimoto, owner and chef of the Hana Japanese Eatery, will discuss the influx of Asian supermarkets and the reason behind the increase.
May is Asian Pacific American History Month. Arizona is second in the nation in the growth rate of the Asian population, with about 263,000 Asians in Arizona. Ted Namba, president of the local Asian Chamber of Commerce, will talk more about Asians in our state.
The Asian Citrus Psyllid has been found in Arizona. It’s a pest that causes citrus tree leaves to turn yellow and ruins the fruit of the tree. Although greening disease caused by the bug has not been found here, agricultural officials are worried about the damage it could do to our $37 million citrus industry. John Caravetta, assistant director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, will talk about the citrus psyllid.
There’s been a dramatic increase in western Arizona of a bug that can do tremendous damage to citrus trees. The Asian Citrus Psyllid carries greening disease, otherwise known as Huanglongbing. Once a tree is infected it will die. The disease could damage our state’s Citrus crop, one of the Five Cs that adds $37 million dollars a year to Arizona’s economy. John Caravett, a of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, will tell us more.
Much has been said about the Hispanic vote this past presidential election, but Asians voted for the president at an even higher rate. Find out more about the Asian vote with Arizona State University Asian American Pacific Studies Professor Wei Li.
A report on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona is being released for the first time. Learn about Arizona's Asian-American and Pacific Islander population from Dr. Karen Leong. The report is being issued by the Arizona State University Asian Pacific American Studies program and the ASU Public Affairs Office.