Vietnamese Americans

Carla Eckels

Wearing bright red and yellow lion dance costumes, members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year Friday by performing in front, a Vietnamese-owned business in Wichita.

Organizer Jennifer Tran says the group performs around certain restaurants or stores including Nails Express near 21st and Woodlawn, to bring businesses good luck for the New Year.

“We scare away bad spirits from last year," says Tran, "and welcome in new and positive spirits.”

Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.