On Tuesday night I launched Asia on Your Doorstep - the City's annual month-long feast of activities celebrating the unique cultural identity of Chinatown and the importance of this precinct to our economy, our community and our cultural identity.
The month-long celebration, which is now in its fourth year, is an important part of Sydney's hugely popular Good Food Month.
Asia on Your Doorstep is our invitation to visitors to explore and discover one of Sydney's most vibrant and diverse areas.
It promotes the many distinctive cultural cuisines that have emerged in Chinatown over recent years, in particular the new Thai, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnamese options that complement our more traditional Chinese restaurants.
In the last five years, the precinct's population has increased by over 28 per cent (compared to a growth of about 10 per cent for the city as a whole). Eighty per cent of the residents of this area were born in countries where English is not their first language, including 75 per cent from an Asian country.
This year's program offers a range of ways you can discover the culinary delights of Chinatown, and the emerging areas of Koreatown and Thaitown. There's fabulous food tours, Friday's Little Eat Street, a chance to win a trip for two to Seoul when you dine in Chinatown, and much more.
You can read more about the program of events here: http://www.asiaonyourdoorstep.com.au/