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.
Compared to other major cities, Wichita has a relatively small African-American population.
Because of this large, black-owned commercial enterprises, such as insurance companies, never developed here. Nevertheless, there exists a strong tradition of smaller-scale African-American entrepreneurship in this city.
More than just a road, Kellogg is a major landmark, separating the main downtown and upscale districts of central and northern Wichita from the aviation plants and blue-collar neighborhoods that lie “south of Kellogg.”
A group of young adults in Wichita has created an initiative to help promote the city as a cultural and commercial destination.
The project is called From Wichita With Love and was created by a group of local friends. After attending a conference, the group was inspired to come up with innovative ways to attract attention to Wichita.
They designed a retro-inspired postcard and last week distributed thousands of them to area shops, bars and venues.
In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Wednesday, July 4.
This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cowtown, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood City Halls.
Ah, yes—delayed gratification. I remember it well.
Back in the days before we live on 5-hour Energy drinks, triple-shot Starbucks lattes and the irresistible urge to text while we drive, we were sometimes willing to wait a bit in order to obtain something worthwhile.
I was recently reminded of some of Wichita’s visionary leaders of the past as I drove down Kellogg. I’m talking about the kind of leadership that concerns itself more with the long-term public good instead of handing out quick-fix, instantly gratifying lollipops like tax cuts and such.
In his State of the City Address Tuesday night, Mayor Carl Brewer said despite being challenged by dwindling revenues and continuing obligations, Wichita is healthy, focused and moving forward.
Mayor Brewer addressed a full house downtown at City Hall. He said Wichita continues to stabilize through a new way of thinking - a thinking that demands the “right” solutions rather than the easy ones.