ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue72

EVENT: 10/6/18 Asian Americans in Los Angeles Historic Contexts Community Symposium



DATE AND TIMESat, October 6, 2018
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

LOCATION
Filipino Christian Church
301 North Union Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Join us as we celebrate the historic contributions of Asian Americans in Los Angeles! Community leaders and preservationists will highlight historic and cultural contributions as documented in SurveyLA’s Asian Americans in Los Angeles historic contexts. These contexts were funded by an Underrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service.

Historic and cultural preservation are important for Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) seeking to safeguard important historic places, preserve unique cultural practices, and receive official recognition of their civic contributions. However, few sites associated with AAPI history and cultures have been officially recognized and designated under local, state, or federal programs. The Asian Americans in Los Angeles historic contexts were developed by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning Office of Historic Resources in partnership with Asian American community leaders. They tell the layered stories of Asian American and Pacific Islanders as an integral part of the history, culture, and politics of Los Angeles.

This community symposium will bring together scholars, preservationists, students, and the AAPI community to learn how they can recommend associated historic sites for recognition and to suggest ways to incorporate AAPI history into historic preservation efforts. The symposium aims to engage the public to become more involved in the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant sites and figures as well as in the creation of new historic markers and landmarks.

The symposium will highlight the findings of the historic contexts, include a panel discussion on local preservation efforts in Los Angeles' Asian American communities, and explore how this work can help identify, document, and recognize important places associated with Asian Americans in Los Angeles.

In honor of October as Filipino American History Month, the community symposium will be held and hosted by the Filipino Christian Church in Historic Filipinotown. The historic church is currently under consideration for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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