Work on the SurveyLA Asian American Contexts Continues

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 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 also focus on other areas of the city in which these groups settled over time. Topics have been drawn from SurveyLA’s citywide historic context statement and  focus on extant resources associated with important individuals, organizations, businesses, industries, and movements. Themes 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.

The OHR held five community meetings in the spring to provide community members with an overview of the project and an opportunity to share information regarding significant places, people, dates, and events associated with Los Angeles' Asian American history. Though the community meetings have taken place, there is still time to contribute information and/or be added to the contact list for the project. Please contact Sara Delgadillo Cruz at or (213) 978-1189.