Meet the City of Plano’s First Asian-American City Council Members
This spring, something historic happened. Plano residents elected for the very first time an Asian-American resident to its city council. Two, in fact. And they both happen to be highly educated, female Chinese immigrants. With Asians comprising roughly 19% of our city’s population – about 55,000 people – and that number slowly growing, it seemed inevitable that we have Asian representation on city council. Maria Tu and Lily Bao sat down together to discuss why more than 13,000 Chinese people call Plano home, how that population is becoming more integrated into the mainstream, and why they feel that Plano’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths.