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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Webinar Series: American Chinatowns

Join Ernie Wong, FASLA, Jenn Low, PLA, Yu-Chung Li, ASLA, and Jim Lee, FASLA for a four-part webinar series as we talk about the past, present, and future of Chinatown, and look to examples of other neighborhoods that have faced the challenges of gentrification

On Tuesday, May 12, 3:00 p.m. EST, Wong will kickoff this webinar series with a brief history of Chinese-American communities, with a particular focus on Chicago's Chinatown and how landscape architecture is shaping the culture and future of a changing community.

Through the lens of Chicago’s Chinatown, he will share how landscape architecture is changing the shape of an expanding Chinatown, including the challenges and successes of his practice and identity in doing this work.

Register here for the Chinatowns of America webinar


On Thursday, May 14, 2:00 p.m. EST, Low will present Dear Chinatown, D.C. This research-through-design project illustrates how we can design for engagement. Dear Chinatown, D.C. reveals an opportunity to look closer at the mechanics of engagement—both the opportunities to foster more meaningful forms of exchange and learning, and how to fill the gaps where we are deficient.

Dear Chinatown, D.C. is a making-and-sharing station for the neighborhood's past and present to declare what they love about the neighborhood through poster-sized love letters. Through words, sketches, calligraphy, poetry, or sharing a story, the project captures the hearts and minds of the community and what they treasure most about Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. This webinar will share key findings from this project including the value of new networks and collaborators, intergenerational convening, improvements and ongoing obstacles to inclusive engagement, and data quality.

Register here for the Dear Chinatown, DC webinar


On Tuesday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. EST, Lee and Li will present on the Portsmouth Square Renovation.
Portsmouth Square is the heart of the Chinatown San Francisco community. As the largest public open space with a central location and ease of access to transit, this park has become the outdoor living room for many local residents. The fundamental goal for this renovation was to enhance the park and keep it as the community living room for the neighborhood. Thus the community process focused on local stakeholders and residents through a participatory design process to develop priorities, evaluate and refine designs, and provide feedback and direction for the improvement Plan.

Register here for the Portsmouth Square Renovation webinar


On Tuesday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. EST, Wong and Low will lead a discussion with special guests on the future of Chinatown.

Register here for The Future of American Chinatowns webinar


Learn more about ASLA's AAPI efforts on the ASLA Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month web page.

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