Community Meetings for the SurveyLA Asian American Contexts

SurveyLA’s Asian American Historic Context Statement

The Office of Historic Resources (OHR) was awarded an Underrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service (NPS) to establish historic contexts that will guide the future identification and designation of sites significant to Los Angeles’ Asian American communities.

The development of five ethnic/cultural historic context statements for SurveyLA, relating to the history of Los Angeles’ Asian American communities is currently being developed with input from a diverse advisory committee, convened by the OHR. A team of historic resources consultants, led by Architectural Resources Group (ARG), is preparing the context statements which will result in the submittal of a National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form and will identify themes and related historic resources associated with the city’s Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Korean, and Chinese American communities.

Geographically, the contexts will cover the history and development of five Los Angeles neighborhoods that have previously been designated as “Preserve America” communities (Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Historic Filipinotown, and Koreatown, and Chinatown), but will also focus on other areas of the city in which these groups settled over time. Topics will be drawn from SurveyLA’s citywide historic context statement and will focus on extant resources associated with important individuals, organizations, businesses, industries, and movements. Themes to be addressed include: Social Clubs and Organizations, Religion and Spirituality, Cultural Development and Institutions, Commercial Development, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Deed Restriction and Segregation, and Labor History.

SurveyLA Requests Your Participation

The OHR invites members of the public to participate in a series of community meetings that will provide an overview presentation of the project and an opportunity to share information regarding significant places, people, dates, and events associated with Los Angeles' Asian American history.

Below is a list of community meetings by date and Asian American group. To RSVP for a meeting and obtain more details, click on the meeting title to be directed to the registration page.

March 18 – Chinese American Historic Context Community Meeting   Meeting Flyer (English) / Meeting Flyer (Chinese)  
April 8 – Filipino American Historic Context Community Meeting  Meeting Flyer (English)  / Meeting Flyer (Tagalog)
April 15 – Thai American Historic Context Community Meeting  Meeting Flyer (English)  / Meeting Flyer (Thai)
April 22 – Korean American Historic Context Community Meeting  Meeting Flyer (English) / Meeting Flyer (Korean)
May 6 – Japanese American Historic Context Community Meeting Meeting Flyer (English) Meeting Flyer (Japanese)

If you have questions, have information to contribute, and/or would like to be added to the contact list for any of these projects, please contact Sara Delgadillo Cruz at or (213) 978-1189.