AnDa Union brings traditional Mongolian music to Austin

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Listening to the music of AnDa Union, one can vividly picture life on the Mongolian grasslands, horses galloping, ancient sorrows and everyday joys. The sound is like nothing else, evoking the energy of Native American music, the operatic vocals of Chinese music, even strains of American country music, yet the sound…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Todd Wong

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Long-time community activist and attorney Todd Wong recently announced his decision to run for Travis County Court at Law #1 Judge. He is a third-generation American; his grandparents emigrated from China in the early 1900’s and opened grocery stores in San Antonio. His wife Paula operates Paula Wong Piano Academy; their daughter Brennan is…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Jim Yatsu

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Jim Yatsu has been actively involved in the Asian American community and broader Austin community through his work with the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Keep Austin Beautiful, Tokyo Electron and the Japanese American community. As the Director of International Supplier Relations at Tokyo Electron America, Inc., Mr. Yatsu is…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Jade Chang Sheppard

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Jade Chang Sheppard came to America as a two-year-old girl whose Taiwanese parents sought a better life for their family and a shot at the American Dream. Her parents didn’t have much, but they pursued higher education, worked their way into the middle class, bought a home and saved enough to…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Irwin Tang

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Irwin Tang was born and raised in College Station, Texas, the son of Chinese immigrants employed by Texas A&M University. He has seen the great arc of Americans rising out of the shacks (literal shacks in College Station) that segregation had put them in, and the explosion of Asian Americans onto the Texas landscape. He is the co-author of “Asian…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Esther Chung 


By Yvonne Lim Wilson May, as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, is a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. What better way to celebrate than to profile Esther Chung, Community Archivist for the Asian American community at the Austin History Center. Since 2007, Esther…

Asian Austin’s A-List: Ali Khataw

By Yvonne Lim Wilson Ali Khataw is widely known in Austin for his leadership and contributions to business, philanthropy, civic and cultural groups in Central Texas. Beyond his professional accomplishments lies a passion for collective justice. As he states in his online biography: “He looks beyond the obvious to find the extraordinary in what is…