Best City/Region for Asians?

  • kolkii

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    Jan 18, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    just want to see from others on here where you think Asians tend to be more accepted..



    ok i read the HUGE thread about equality (or lack there of ) in the rainbow community..

    this isn't so much about that..

    yes inequality is a fact of life, yes regardless of where you're located one should look above and beyond it and focus on one-self's progress.



    ...that said, after finally taking some time off and being able to travel all over for the past couple of years, i was quite shocked at the discrepancy of treatment in different areas of the country..

    some very good icon_smile.gif some so-so, some expected, some unexpected.

    just want to hear others' vibes from different metro areas, thanks.
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    Jan 18, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    NYC?
  • alby

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    Jan 18, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Los Angeles is one of the cities I know are more accepting there because of the big community based there. I'm from Orlando though but a lot of my fellow asian friends are in LA icon_smile.gif
  • kolkii

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    Jan 18, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    here's my general take as someone originally from overseas (Aussie of Chinese descent) but in States last 6 years..

    feel free to chime in or correct me.. generalizations of course

    NYC metro
    - so-so, the supposed general 'melting pot.' feels more like a tossed salad (no pun).. ie entire neighborhoods/towns of a race/religion. also still more Euro-centric than most cities due to history etc.. that said since the metro area is so HUGE, you really can find your own group, and enjoy the City in your own terms.

    LA metro
    - just okay.. yes lots of Asians, but maybe the Hollywood media portrayal also exists with locals so it balances out..maybe slightly better than NY since it feels less Euro-centric than Northeast overall?? Asian influences more prevalent, and also much more laid back.

    PHILADELPHIA - surprisingly friendly, in a blunt, jovial sort of way..ie make Asian jokes then buy you a beer.. self-deprecating, insults with good intentions if that makes sense lol.

    BOSTON
    - (my college town) exact opposite of Phila.. supposedly 'progressive'.. say all the right things, but practice opposite..probably worst city on the list (again, just generalizing)

    SAN DIEGO - very receptive..jackpot(?), lol..must revisit soon. uhm, can't think of anything bad to say. closes early? who cares when your outdoors all day.

    CONNECTICUT (Fairfield County)
    - generally friendly (where I work).. though technically part of NYC metro, I separated it, since I generally notice a genuine 'who cares' attitude somewhat similar to San Diego. People are more focused on 'what can you do' as opposed to race, despite its 'waspy' reputation from outsiders.

    PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE, AZ
    - mixed bag.. everyone here is JACKED lol.. As long as you are built, jacked shouldn't have too much of an issue.

    CHARLOTTE, NC
    - friendly.. coming from NYC area, NC still gets reputation of hicks not welcoming of outsiders.. found it to be the TOTAL opposite. very welcoming and it seems in the South in general, ironically race isn't as big an issue, though I obviously can't speak for other races/experiences.

    MIAMI, FL
    - not as welcoming.. probably because not too many Asians??..

    ATLANTA, GA - Friendly city overall...Kinda like Charlotte..race doesn't seem as huge factor as in New England.. I've heard of the "Nice to your face only" mantra about certain cities in the South, but don't think I experienced much of that.. then again was only here a couple weeks so who knows..

    LAS VEGAS - good. mix between LA and San Diego vibe..but its such a transient city.. so who really knows.. met up with some locals who worked in the Cirque shows, very down to earth and generally receptive/could care less about race so long as good peeps.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 18, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    Vancouver probably has the largest Asian diaspora in North America, or at least the highest concentration of Asians in one city, I'm sure you could find a community there.
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    Jan 18, 2011 11:52 AM GMT
    Shanghai, Tokyo, Hanoi, Bangkok, Beijing, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Ulaanbaatar, Vientiane, Seoul, etc.
  • beaujangle

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    Jan 18, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]kolkii said[/cite]here's my general take as someone originally from overseas (Aussie of Chinese descent) but in States last 6 years..


    I'm curious about how you feel as Asian in Australia?
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    Jan 18, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
    Bangkok and Taipei are the best cities in Asia icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    Seattle - very visible Asian presence in the city overall, but don't hold your breath trying to get a date with Seattle gays
  • rnch

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    san francisco???
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    rnch saidsan francisco???


    OMG yes. San Fransciso seems to be nothing but Asians and the homeless.
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    I agree with Vancouver. Every other person seems to be of Asian descent. And lots of great sushi restaurants. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    Vancouver in Canada noooo doubt... great city! lots of good quality inexpensive sushi icon_twisted.gif mmmmm
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    vancouver and seattle

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    Hongcouver
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    If you are Hmong, try the Twin Cities. We have the biggest population of Hmong in the nation.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    London has a lot of Asians. Actually Ondon has a lotof everything lol.
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    Jan 18, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Yes, sushi in Hongcouver, yes. Aww ru cen eat tuneight sil?

    Black rice sushi from Akira on Denman yeah!
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    Jan 18, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    Or Yoshi! YUM!
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    Jan 18, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Asia, I would think. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Midas426

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    Jan 18, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    COSTAKI saidVancouver in Canada noooo doubt... great city! lots of good quality inexpensive sushi icon_twisted.gif mmmmm
    Another reason to visit Vancouver since I love sushi.
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    Jan 18, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Anywhere in CA, especially Southern California.
  • dfrourke

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    Jan 18, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    In the united states, I would say the San Francisco Bay Area...Oakland just swore in the first Asian Mayor of a major city!

    - David icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidIn the united states, I would say the San Francisco Bay Area...Oakland just swore in the first Asian Mayor of a major city!

    - David icon_wink.gif


    Don't forget that SF just swore in a Chinese American mayor as well -- appointed, not elected, but still... a first for the city, and pretty cool.

    PS: They both were invited to the state dinner for Chinese Prez Hu:

    http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/pulse-of-the-bay/mayors-quan-lee-looking-jaunty-state/

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  • kolkii

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    Jan 28, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    jeffy87 saidSeattle - very visible Asian presence in the city overall, but don't hold your breath trying to get a date with Seattle gays


    why's this? everyone there's coupled?