East Asian Populations in Plano, Texas: Background information when reading Nights When Nothing Happened

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Nights When Nothing Happened

by Simon Han

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    Nov 2020, 272 pages
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East Asian Populations in Plano, Texas

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Simon Han's debut novel Nights When Nothing Happened is set in Plano, Texas, located about 20 miles north of Dallas and 50 miles northeast of Fort Worth. The Chengs, who are Chinese American, have chosen to live in Plano because it is a safe community with good schools, but what's not stated overtly is that the city and surrounding area also have a fairly large East Asian population, including people of Korean, Japanese and Chinese descent. The 2010 United States census put the number of Chinese people living in Plano at 14,500, but in a 2012 interview with D Magazine, executive vice president of the Association of Chinese Professionals Charlie Yue suggested that the real number could be closer to 30,000, which would make up about 10 percent of the overall Plano population, stating that "A lot [of Chinese residents] don't participate in government activities, like the census." Regardless, the official number gives Plano the sixth-largest percentage of Chinese residents in U.S. cities ...

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