Celebrating & Supporting AAPI in Metro Detroit

Modified: May 24, 2023 | Story by Yohana Isabella

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed during the month of May. We celebrate and recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

There are several ways to celebrate & support the AAPI community around Metro Detroit.

Attend AAPI Events, Workshops, and Performances

Detroit Institute of Art, May 5-27th

Traditional and contemporary dance, musical performances, and art from Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Mongolian, Polynesian, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cultures.

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Asian Festival, May 20 11am-2pm

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage with food, performance, and music hosted by the Association of Chinese Americans (ACA).

32585 Concord Dr., Madison Heights, MI

Ann Arbor Public Library, May 1-31

Beautiful exhibits to enjoy i.e. year of the rabbit exhibit, also author events and storytime throughout the month of May.

Frame Hazel Park

They offer Asian American brunch and events as a culinary stage for the brightest food and beverage talent from Michigan and beyond.

23839 John R Rd #2, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Frame, @ahkim.writer

Shop Local AAPI Businesses

Mi Meal Time

If you’re looking for local food delivery and catering service in Ann Arbor, Novi, Livonia & surroundings, Mi Meal Time is here to help. They also are looking to partner up with local restaurants that are interested in setting up online ordering systems.

168 Asian Mart

Located right in the heart of Madison Heights. This Asian grocery store sells a variety of Asian fruits and food. They also have an Asian bakery and food court.

32393 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Huaxing Asian Mart

You can find fresh seafood selections and Asian grocery items right in the Ypsilanti area.

2867 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

H Mart Troy

If you want to find Korean grocery items, this is the most comprehensive store in Michigan. You can also stop by their food court to try out some Korean food.

2963 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083

Kim Nhung Super Foods

A Vietnamese grocery store that sells Asian groceries, fresh seafood and tropical fruits.

30925 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Festive Essentials

Jewelry store for brides that is inspired by India’s rich culture. They carry items such as an opulent polki set in antique gold for a nikkah, stunning cubic zirconia earrings for a sangeet – or colorful floral kaleras with a matching haath phool and maang tikka for an intimate haldi ceremony.

10225 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Chang Jung Mi Hair Collection

Korean-owned beauty and hair salon that is located right in downtown Ann Arbor.

312 Thompson St #1, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

One World Market

This is a one-stop market for Japanese groceries. They carry fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, and also to-go sushi rolls and bento boxes.

42705 Grand River Ave #102b, Novi, MI 48375

Support AAPI restaurants

Sushi & Rolls

This restaurant serves delicious Japanese sushi rolls and rice bowls. You will get a great deal if you try out their daily and weekend special rolls.

17382 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Sushi and Rolls, @brownsugar.andspice

Star’s Cafe

Middle Eastern comfort food & eatery in the Ann Arbor area that is well known for their authenticity and generous portion.

2575 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Umai Cafe

Sushi, desserts, coffee, and pastry shop that just recently opened in Troy. Some favorite items that you may want to try are Umai signature rolls, salmon aburi, strawberry falls waffles, or yakisoba spam waffles.

3277 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083

Isla Detroit

This restaurant is well known for their Filipino staples of rice bowls, noodles, and desserts.

2496 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Shangrila Chinese Restaurant

If you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine, this is the right place. They serve a variety of Cantonese traditional dishes and small platters for tea time called dim sum.

4710 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

6407 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

Peepo’s Subs

Middle Eastern eats with incredible Afrikano subs, wraps, and rice bowls.

41810 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

10890 Beech Daly Rd, Taylor, MI 48180


Pho Shi

This restaurant is known for its Asian fusion food. Pho mix with short ribs, flaming dragon rolls, magma rolls and drunken noodles are all-time favorites.

2008 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

Delish Asian Thai

You can find Thai, Japanese and Chinese food on their menu. Don’t forget to try their mango sticky rice for dessert.

5680 N Telegraph Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Delish Asian Thai, @koolconceptz


This restaurant serves delicious Thai food such as Tom Yum soup, grilled chicken, Thai beef salad, Thai milk tea and also a variety of sushi rolls.

25240 Ford Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

54 W Auburn Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Best China

Sichuan and delicious authentic Chinese food are served in this restaurant. Some favorite menu items are zha jiang noodles, beef cumin, and spicy fish.

7233 N Lilley Rd, Canton, MI 48187

Kungfu Bros Dumplings & Noodle

This place will satisfy your cravings for traditional dumplings and various kinds of noodles to choose from. Dumplings and noodles are hand-made daily fresh by order.

35624 Warren Rd, Westland, MI 48185

Kung Fu Bros, @detroit_pig_out

Liang’s Oriental BBQ

Asian style BBQ shop that is well known for their roasted pork, BBQ pork also roasted duck that is sold based on weight lbs.

30953 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Bambu Desserts & Drinks

You can find a variety of drinks, bubble tea, and special desserts to cool off during summer or anytime.

45152 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

24676 Ford Rd Suite B, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

30804 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Sweetwater Coffee & Tea

Coffee shop with great ambiance and delicious coffee with various locations around metro Detroit.

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