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City of Los Angeles Seeks to Identify and Preserve Asian American Historic Sites

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You’ve probably seen the road markers on the side of the highway identifying locations of historical significance to the United States.
When is the last time you saw a sign pinpointing a landmark of importance to the Asian American community?
The city of Los Angeles Office of Historical Resources has received a $72,000 grant from the National Park Service to change that.
The identification of sites of relevance to the Filipino American, Chinese American, Japanese American and Thai Americans is currently underway, reports the Asian Journal.
“I hope that this will bring more recognition and attention to, not just Filipinos here, but to Asian Americans in general,” Ronald Bonilla, a Los Angeles resident, said. “Gentrification is a big problem, but it’s not a problem without a solution.”
Emphasis will be put on areas which fall under the themes of civil rights and civil liberties, commercial development, cultural development and institutions, deed restriction and segregation, labor history, religion and spirituality and social clubs and organizations.
The location must still be standing and have been used during the period between 1900 and 1980.
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