Resources and Partnerships

For many historic sites and resources in APIA communities in the US, the connection between a building and its significance to APIA heritage has been hard to find. So identifying these places, documenting their history, and making decisions about how to protect them is an important way to ensure that the history of APIAs is not entirely lost but remembered, reclaimed, and preserved. Preservation efforts require both partnerships and resources to help support and preserve our historic resources.  

Board of Directors

Bill Watanabe (Chair)

Los Angeles, CA


Karen Kai (Vice Chair)

San Francisco, CA


Lisa Hasegawa (Secretary)

Los Angeles, CA


Munson A. Kwok, PhD (Treasurer)

Los Angeles, CA

Michelle Magalong (President)

Los Angeles, CA


Tejpaul Bainiwal

Stockton, CA

Grant Din

Oakland, CA

Kristin Hayashi, PhD

Los Angeles, CA


Sojin Kim, PhD

Washington, DC


Alan Kumamoto

Los Angeles, CA

Christina Park

Los Angeles, CA


Joseph Quinata

Hagatna, Guam

M. Rosalind Sagara

Riverside, CA

Jason Sarmiento

West Sacramento, CA

Our Partner Organzations
(partial list)



Recommended Readings

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage through these publications.


Baluyut, Pearlie Rose S. 1998. A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy: The Making of a Filipino American Identity and Community. Ameriasia Journal 24(3): 193-216.


Benmayor, R. 2010. Contested Memories of Place: Representations of Salinas’ Chinatown. The Oral History Review 2010, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 225– 234


Burton, JF, MM Farrell, FB Lord, and RW Lord. 2002. Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites. Seattle: University of Washington Press.


California Office of Historic Preservation. 1988. Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California, (Five Views contains valuable information on the experience of Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in California.) 


Chang, Sucheng Chan. 1991. Asian Americans: An Interpretive History (Immigrant Heritage of America Series). Woodbridge, CT: Twayne Publishers.


Chin. Doug. 2001. Seattle’s International District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community. Seattle, WA: International Examiner Press.


Cultural Resource Management Magazine:

- Preservation in the Pacific Basin. CRM. Volume 19, Number 3. Washington, DC: 1996.

- Approaches to Heritage: Hawai'ian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation. CRM. Volume 19, Number 8. Washington, DC: 1996.

- Another View From Hawai'i. CRM. Volume 21, Number 8. Washington, DC: 1998- Pacific Preservation. CRM. Volume 24, Number 1. Washington, DC: 2001.


Durbow, Gail and Donna Graves. 2004. Sento at Sixth and Main” Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American History. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.


Gupta-Carlson, Himanee. 2003.“Staking a Claim on American-ness: Hindu Temples in the United States” in Jane Iwamura and Paul Spickard, eds. Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America, Routledge, pp. 193-208.


Habal, Estella. 2007. San Francisco's International Hotel: Mobilizing the Filipino American Community in the Anti-Eviction Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


Hou, J. 2004. Preserving for multiple publics: contesting views of urban conservation in Seattle’s international district. City & Time 1 (1): 3.


Jenks, Hillary. 2008. Urban space, ethnic community, and national belonging: the political landscape of memory in Little Tokyo. GeoJournal 73:231–244


Lin, Jan. 1998. Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclave, Global Change. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

- 2008. Los Angeles Chinatown: Tourism, Gentrification, and the Rise of an Ethnic Growth Machine. Amerasia Journal 34:3 (2008): 110-126.

- 2011. The Power of Urban Ethnic Places: Cultural Heritage and Community Life (The Metropolis and Modern Life). New York: Routledge.


Mabalon, Dawn. 2006. “Losing Little Manila: Race and Redevelopment in Filipina/o Stockton, California” In Positively No Filipinos Allowed: Building Community and Discourse. Eds Antonio Tiongson, Jr., EV Gutierrez, and RV Gutierrez. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

- 2013. Little Manila is in the Heart. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


National Park Service:

- 1999. Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites.

- 2001. Report to the President, Japanese-American Internment Sites Preservation.

-2005. Asian Reflections on The American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage.


Park, K and Leong, R. 2008. How Do Asian Americans Create Places? From Background to Foreground. Amerasia Journal 34:3 (2008): vii-xiv.


Saito, LT. 2009. From “Blighted” to “Historic”: Race, Economic Development, and Historic Preservation in San Diego, California. Urban Affairs Review 45(2): 166- 187.


Salomon, LR. 1998.‘“No Evictions: We Won’t Move!’ The Struggle to Save the I- Hotel,” Roots of Justice: Stories of Organizing in Communities of Color. Berkeley: Chardon Press: 93-104.


Smith, Anita and KL Jones. 2008. Cultural Landscapes of the Pacific Islands: ICOMOS Thematic Study. United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.


Tatsuno, Sheridan. 1971. The Political and Economic Effects of Urban Renewal on Ethnic Communities: A Case Study of San Francisco’s Japantown. Amerasia Journal 1:1 (33-51). Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press.


Washington State University - Vancouver. Chinese Americans in the Columbia River Basin: Historical Overview.