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Asian & Middle Eastern

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

6815 W. Capitol Dr.
Suite #204
Milwaukee, WI 53216
(414) 645-8828

Milwaukee's Asian American population began with immigrants from China at the turn of the last century and grew modestly until the 1970s when the devastation of the Vietnam War brought a surge of Hmong families from Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand to start a new life in the Midwest. Milwaukee is also a thriving college town, and a number of international students choose to make their home here after graduation. The result is a multifaceted Asian American experience in our city and a population numbering over 20,000 strong as of the 2010 census. In addition to the growing Hmong community, we are fortunate to have many Asian cultures represented in Milwaukee, including Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino and Indian.

Culture and Religion

The Cricket Academy of Chinese Language and Culture helps families connect to Chinese culture through language instruction, folktales, art, and song. The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center hosts annual Chinese New Year's celebrations, as well as the Dragon Boat Festival in August. In addition to the races, the festival showcases a variety of Chinese traditions through traditional dance, folk music, and martial arts with hands-on opportunities for visitors to experience Chinese culture.

Discover the customs and traditions of the Hmong culture at the Hmong American Friendship Association Museum. The museum displays an art collection and offers seminars on a variety of topics including Hmong needle artwork, clothing, music and dance.

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee is a dynamic center serving the religious, educational and social needs of the Muslim community, promoting good citizenship and building relations with other communities. It is the largest Islamic society in Wisconsin and operates three area facilities: ISM Brookfield (Masjid Al-Noor), ISM Main Center and ISM University.

There are several other houses of worship throughout Milwaukee, including the Phuoc-Hau Buddhist Temple, Chinese Christian Church, the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, and the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin.

Dining

Our city is enriched with the businesses, restaurants, educational and cultural organizations that reflect this tremendous diversity. Area restaurants serve up everything from Korean, Thai, Japanese and Chinese, to Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Try local favorites like Bahn-mi at Xankia, authentic Chinese fare at Asian Fusion, Japanese fusion at Kanpai Izakaya, fresh sushi at Ru-Yi, vegetarian Pakistani specialties at Shah Jee’s, authentic Indian cuisine at Bollywood Grill, and Middle Eastern favorites as Casablanca.

Festivals

Join in the celebration of Milwaukee's Asian cultures and communities at annual festivals. IndiaFest, held each August, brings the music, dancing, and culture of India to Humboldt Park. You also won't want to miss exciting events like the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center, and the Milwaukee Hmong New Year celebration.

City of Neighborhoods

Explore Milwaukee's neighborhoods

One-of-a-kind culture

Known as a “big city of little neighborhoods,” Milwaukee’s unique neighborhoods are what make up the city’s one-of-a-kind culture. We like it local here, and you’ll find locally-owned restaurants, shops, and businesses throughout the city. Ready to start planning? Check out this sampling of some of the neighborhoods you might explore when you visit Milwaukee!

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Riverwest

One-of-a-kind culture

Diverse, artsy and eclectic – explore Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. This friendly and tight-knit community will make you feel like a local.

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East Side

One-of-a-kind culture

Old school and new school, creative, and trend-setting – discover Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood.

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Historic Third Ward

One-of-a-kind culture

A gem of Milwaukee's downtown, the Historic Third Ward is the city's thriving arts and fashion district. This neighborhood along the Milwaukee river is as unique as its boutique shops and restaurants.

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Westown

One-of-a-kind culture

The bustling neighborhood of Westown is home to Historic Old World Third Street, the Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Milwaukee Bucks Arena, and the Wisconsin Center District.

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East Town

One-of-a-kind culture

Discover the lively East Town neighborhood in the heart of Milwaukee's downtown: shopping, dining, and entertainment in a walk-able and beautiful urban neighborhood.

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Menomonee River Valley

One-of-a-kind culture

The Menomonee River Valley is home to some of the biggest names in Milwaukee: Potawatomi, Harley-Davidson, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Walker's Point

One-of-a-kind culture

Inclusive, hyper-local, and artistic – explore Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood.

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Bronzeville

One-of-a-kind culture

History, growth, and celebration – discover Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood.

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Brewers Hill

One-of-a-kind culture

History, beer, and riverfront views – discover the Brewers Hill neighborhood in Milwaukee.

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Clarke Square

One-of-a-kind culture

Culture, community, and a vibrant atmosphere – discover Milwaukee's Clarke Square neighborhood.

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Avenues West and Marquette

One-of-a-kind culture

The Avenues West neighborhood is home to the prestigious Marquette University and renowned attractions like the Pabst Mansion and Irish Cultural Center.

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Harbor District

One-of-a-kind culture

Industry, revitalization, and miles of waterfront – explore Milwaukee's Harbor District.

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Bay View

One-of-a-kind culture

Retro, independent, and energetic – discover the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee.

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