Catherine Boland Erkkila, BUS/SAH Archipedia Managing Editor | May 04, 2021
In recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are featuring a selection of AAPI sites in SAH Archipedia. Visit the website’s main page to see additional featured content, which is updated monthly.
Photograph by Christian Mehlfuhrer, CC BY SA-3.0
As early as 1855, Chinese migrants were living in the section of San Francisco that became known as Chinatown, formed as a relatively safe enclave from racially motivated violence. Today, the neighborhood is one of the densest urban areas in the country.
Photograph by Janet Hoskins
The Cao Dai California Temple (2007–2008) in Garden Grove, California, was built by the Orange County congregation of Caodaists, which numbers about 25,000 people, and it is one of only four in the United States to be purposefully built following the sacred architectural blueprint of the Mother Church in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.
Photograph by John Greer
The Rohwer Relocation Center cemetery is evidence of a major historical event with little remaining to remind Americans of one of the most shameful periods in the history of the United States. The center was one of ten World War II internment centers for Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in the United States and one of two in Arkansas.
Photograph by Joe Mabel
Designed by Wing Sam Chinn, the first licensed Asian American architect in Washington state, the Chong Wa Benevolent Association Building (1929–1930) weds eastern and western design traditions and was an important center of Chinese American politics, education, and culture in Seattle’s International District.
Photograph by Mary M. Humstone
In 1874, Chinese immigrants working for the Union Pacific Railroad built a wooden temple in Evanston, Wyoming. Although the building was destroyed by fire in 1922, after the Union Pacific forced the Chinese to vacate the area, the Evanston community built this replica in 1990. It now serves as a museum that explores the history of the Chinese in southeastern Wyoming.