Who hasn't eaten "Chinese food" or tasted green tea? Or used a product from Sony? Seen the logo for Hello Kitty? But how much do you know about Asian culture or about being an Asian-American in the United States? People of Asian descent make up 3.5 percent of the Oklahoma City population, according to the U.S. Census. "The best thing about living in Edmond as a Korean is that I know most of the other Asians living here," Memorial senior Gina Moon said. Moon's parents met when her grandfather was a South Korean diplomat living with his family in the U.S. "My dad liked my mom so much that after only one date, he proposed to her," Moon said. Whether students are of Korean descent, from parents who escaped Vietnam during the war, or from China or Japan, they all make a profound impact on the learning environment. "Korean and Japanese pop music is the hip trend in the Asian community right now," said Memorial senior Linh Nguyen, whose parents came to the U.S. because of the Vietnam War. “It's young and contemporary, and the work behind it involves a lot of the cultural values the Asian community stresses, such as hard work, determination and dedication.” Aside from music, metro residents can find Asian influence in dining, particularly in northwest Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City has its own Asian district, full of restaurants and supermarkets boasting Asian favorites. "Cao Nguyen Supermarket is my favorite part of Chinatown," Memorial sophomore Christine Nguyen said. Asian food has blended into American culture, though most of the time "Chinese food" isn’t authentic or is lumped together with other culture's foods. "I like all the Asian food in Chinatown," Moon said. "People think Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese ... people all eat the same type of food, but it is not true. There is a difference, just like French and Irish people eat different foods." One unique aspect of Oklahoma's Asian culture is the acclimation of its people into life as Americans. "My cousins in California are shocked that I have so many white friends," Nguyen said. "They think it's unnatural." Although Asians in Oklahoma are perhaps more absorbed into the local culture than other parts of the country, Oklahoma City’s Asian district has a lot to be proud of. "Compared to the Asian culture of other states, Oklahoma City is still expanding,” Nguyen said. “California already has such established areas like Chinatown in San Francisco and the lesser known ‘Little Saigon’ in Orange County. My mother says that the Asian culture in Oklahoma City has come a long way since she first moved here almost 20 years ago."