Video: American Chinatowns: Transformative Approaches to Cultural Preservation

January 31, 2023

This session explores different approaches to cultural preservation in American Chinatowns. Historic Chinatowns are increasingly facing a variety of pressures that threaten the ecosystems that sustain Chinatown communities and the ability to uphold Chinatown heritage for future generations. Chinatowns are situated in vastly different physical, regulatory, and development contexts. In these contexts, the solutions to cultural preservation are equally as diverse. Learn how Chinatowns are exploring and implementing place-based strategies and policies to preserve Chinatowns for future generations while centering community priorities in their visions for the future. (From PastForward 2022)


  • Di Gao, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Jenn Low, Openbox, The Urban Studio and the 1882 Foundation
  • Ted Gong, The 1882 Foundation

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