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LOS ANGELES—Centering the Masses: Little Manila

May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 am9:00 am

LOS ANGELES—Join Visual Communications and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation to learn about the history of Filipino Americans in Los Angeles. 

PART 1. History of LA’s Little Manila | 11 am–12:30 pm Learn about the first community formation of Filipino Americans in Los Angeles in the 1920s-1950s. Back then, Filipino immigrants came to Los Angeles looking for Little Manila. Join us in learning about the importance of Little Manila through a panel discussion with Filipino American scholars. SPEAKERS (tentative): Linda Espana-Maram (CSU Long Beach), Michelle Magalong

PART 2. Mapping LA’s Little Manila | 1–2 pm Archival materials and research scholarship provides us with details on importance places that helped shape and build Little Manila. Learn how you can help in mapping these historic places on to our online crowdsourced mapping project. SPEAKERS: Michelle Magalong

PART 3. Remembering LA’s Little Manila | 2:15–3:30 pm Documenting and recognizing our historic places can help us remember what we have lost and unearth what is hidden. Learn about past efforts in designating Filipino Americans historic places in Los Angeles while exploring future opportunities to preserve and honor Los Angeles’s Little Manila. SPEAKERS (tentative): Gerald Gubatan, Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Bill Watanabe/Michael Okamura (Little Tokyo Historical Society)

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 11 am–4 pm 341 E 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

Presented by Visual Communications, CENTERING THE MASSES is a series of free pop-up events and programs at 341 FSN, in the heart of Los Angeles Little Tokyo’s historic district. This nine-week series running from April 5th to May 30, 2019 will bring together artists, cultural workers, entertainment professionals, and civic personalities to celebrate and explore all the ways that motion pictures and media artworks impact our lives. Through intimate conversation, screenings, and visual art presentations, this project will be a space to address the current realities of a community that sits at the crossroads of shifting racial, generational, and economic conditions.

Click here for a downloadable calendar of all the events.

This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.


341 FSN
341 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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