By  on April 9, 2018

For all its talk of being an international city, Miami is missing a significant demographic. Asians accounted for only 1.6 percent of Miami-Dade County’s population in 2016, according to the U.S. Census, while Asian tourism is so low it doesn’t even warrant its own sliver on the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s pie chart. The Mainland’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cluster of Asian grocery stores is a feeble attempt at a Chinatown within the dearth of Asian culture here.

Now a group of entrepreneurs, economic initiatives including the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and Florida Enterprise, and politicians from the local and state levels are collaborating to eradicate the white space in the face of President Trump’s trade war threats with China. They acknowledge the first obvious step is to introduce a direct flight to China and are developing infrastructure for the day it finally happens.

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