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Preserving Culture and Community: Touring Chinatown, HiFi, and Little Tokyo

Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00am - 2:00pm PDT
Van Tour
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Registration for this program has met capacity and is now closed. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please email [email protected] by Wednesday, October 2nd.


Join Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – LA Chapter (AAPIP-LA), the Asian Pacific Community Fund, and SCG for a special tour of three historic LA neighborhoods – Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown (HiFi), and Little Tokyo – and discover how each is responding to urban development and change. You’ll explore and learn about a range of community-led solutions to preserving, protecting, and investing in local assets (ranging from affordable housing, resident engagement, and cultural activity) as a strategy to address gentrification and displacement, guided and inspired by the unique character and history of each community.

  • As one of Los Angeles’ oldest and fastest growing neighborhoods, Chinatown is home to historic Chinese and Southeast Asian communities as well as an influx of new businesses and market-rate housing developments that promise to change the face of this historic ethnic enclave.
  • Designated in 2002, Historic Filipinotown (a.k.a. HiFi) is the first officially designated Filipino Neighborhood in America. Bordering the rapidly changing areas of Silverlake and Koreatown, HiFi is also experiencing rapid growth in market-rate housing development as well as an emergent wave of Asian American entrepreneurs, presenting new opportunities for meaningful development and engagement.
  • Little Tokyo is one of the three remaining historic Japantowns in the U.S., and the second oldest neighborhood in LA. With the second busiest Metro station set to open in Little Tokyo in 2022 and a thriving Arts District nearby, the Little Tokyo community is confronting new housing and business developments that is threatening its character and future as a historic Japantown.


The Tour

Part walking and van tour, the day will feature insights from several nonprofit organizations and community leaders doing work to address urban development in these three Asian & Pacific Islander neighborhoods. You will learn about funding gaps and how we as funders can make an impact and support community needs.

The day will begin with a brief overview of gentrification and displacement and its impact on communities by Laura Raymond, Director of Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (ACT-LA), a coalition of 40 organizations working to win campaigns for quality jobs, affordable housing, and transit equity. This will be followed by a short walking tour through Chinatown led by Sissy Trinh, the Founder and Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Community Alliance, where we will learn about the history of Chinatown’s development and see the impact of new investments and community-led activism in shaping Chinatown’s future. Next we will travel to Historic Filipinotown to explore this nexus of long-time residents, new entrepreneurs, and housing development projects. Lastly, you will journey to Little Tokyo to hear from local leaders about community-driven initiatives like Sustainable Little Tokyo, which is working to ensure a healthy, equitable, and culturally rich Little Tokyo for generations to come.

The day concludes with an informal (and delicious) lunch in Little Tokyo with colleagues and invited nonprofit leaders from each community. We hope you’ll join us!

Information subject to change. Details, instructions, and additional information will be emailed to registrants as it gets closer to the event.





No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current AAPIP members, SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

To facilitate the participation of a broad and diverse group of funders, we welcome the participation of 1 to 3 three staff members per funder. If additional people from your organization would like to participate, please email Christine [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. We will contact you should spaces become available.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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