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…

Chinese Lions and Dragons

I have always loved Chinese dragons. Having been born in the year of the dragon, I’ve known that it is a symbol of power and good luck. It’s also something unique to Chinese culture, something that anyone can get drawn into and appreciate. That’s why I’ve chosen the dragon as they symbol for Asian Austin.…