Asian food markets such 88 Oriental Foods on 291 University Ave. in St Paul are testimony to the Twin Cities’ demand for ethnic-specific grocery stores. According to Associated Press, the Global Ethnic Foods Market was valued at $36,481.1 million in 2018 and is expected to grow. Consumers’ interests in Asian cuisine along with immigration are some of the reasons. At the same time, affordability increases the appeal of shopping at ethnic grocery stores versus national chains. Although ethnic markets are an opportunity for people of different races and classes to mingle and interact, more studies are needed to better understand consumption practices in immigrant economies as not every act of shopping in immigrant businesses is cosmopolitan and types of consumption can also effect boundaries along ethnicity and class.