A Right to the City - Chinatown

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

A Right to the City - Chinatown

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting the history of the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. brought to us by our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum (SIACM).

For the past year, we have hosted pop-up versions of the Museum's exhibition "A Right to the City" focusing on neighborhood change in six Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, including Chinatown. 

Take some time to watch their short documentary "The Past and Future of Chinatown" and reflect on a vital Asian American community here D.C. Think about the history of DC's Chinese American community and the current identity of Chinatown.

After you have viewed the film, spend some time with SIACM's virtual "A Right to the City" exhibition. What does the story of Chinatown tell us about DC today? What can we learn from the Chinatown community in how they fought for their neighborhood?