Saint Paul Photo Essay

The sizable Vietnamese institutional concentration in the Twin
Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul is probably less widely
known compared to similar-sized business agglomerations in
such American cities as Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The
viability of Indochinese-oriented institutions in the Twin Cities is
the result of a fairly sizable Vietnamese population (around
perhaps 20,000-25,000 in the metropolitan area) along with
significant numbers of Laotian and Cambodian origin individuals
and a huge Hmong population (perhaps numbering
60,000-70,000 people).

In Saint Paul: Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, and
ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs from Indochina have helped
revitalize a strip of University Avenue West extending from about
the 200 to 1000 blocks. This portion of University Avenue is
located in the Frogtown neighborhood. From the 1970s up until
the early 1990s, the area was known mostly for liquor stores,
prostitution, and empty storefronts. Today, it is home to a bustling
and growing Indochinese shopping district.

The photos were taken in a snowy St. Paul on New Years Day,
January 1, 2001.