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3 St. Louisans Talk Growing Presence, Influence Of Asian Pacific Americans In Region

Anna Crosslin (at left), Harold Law (center) and Bret Narayan joined Thursday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

For native St. Louisan Bret Narayan, April was a big month. The first-term 24th Ward Alderman was sworn into office and is believed to be the first-ever Asian Pacific American to serve on the city’s governing board. And with May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Narayan is partnering with the Office of the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds to celebrate the contributions of some of his fellow citizens.

He joined Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air alongside Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis, and Harold Law, who first came to the United States in 1956 as a Chinese refugee and has since played integral civic roles in the local Asian American community.

They talked with guest host Sharon Stevens about the many contributions of St. Louis’ thriving Asian Pacific American community and also delved into some history as well as current challenges and opportunities.

Listen to the discussion:

Related Event
What: St. Louis’ First Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
When: 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2018
Where: St. Louis City Hall Rotunda (1200 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103)
(Registration required)

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