Weirdly, it's only the third-most spoken language in a single state, and only the third-most populous state at that.
1. English – 229 million
2. Spanish – 35 million
3. Chinese languages – 2.6 million
4. Tagalog – 1.5 million
5. French – 1.3 million
For another thing, WHAAAAT??????? German is like the international cultural influence of the region. Tons of German surnames, German food everywhere (pretty sure the Midwest gave us the hamburger and frankfurter), all the breweries making lager the most ubiquitous style of beer in the US. I think not seeing how German the Midwest is must be a "fish doesn't know it's swimming in water" type of thing.
An overwhelming majority of Korean immigrants during this interim period [1950-1964] were either Korean women married to U.S. servicemen in South Korea or Korean orphans adopted by American citizens.... Many Korean orphans adopted during this period were biracial children from the intermarriages between American servicemen stationed in Korea and Korean women.
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