White House advisors meet with Mid-South Asian American community

(WMC-TV) - Asian American business leaders in Memphis are gaining some national attention.

White House officials made a trip to Memphis Thursday to talk with the Asian American and Pacific islander community, one of the fastest growing communities in the Mid-South.

At the Benjamin Hooks Public Library, solutions and ideas were presented to tackle concerns with senior White House advisors.

"We get together and we find some solution," said Memphian Khun Bok Ahn.

"Memphis is at the top of our list because the local community here reached out to us and said we have this growing, vibrant community, and we would love to be connected to the work happening in Washington DC and work together," said White House senior advisor on Asian Americans Miya Chen.

About 100 people from the Mid-South Asian American community gathered to talk about immigration, health care, jobs and civil rights.

"The Asian American community in Memphis is growing," said Memphis physician Dr. Manoj Jain.  "It's grown about 43 percent in the last 10 years."

There is already a plan in place that will benefit the entire Memphis and Mid-South community.

"Develop a task force that will work with the Asian community, along with the individual organizations like Leadership Memphis, like Healthy Memphis Common Table, and to put together some measurable, achievable projects in the next six to 12 months," said Jain.

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