Celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month by Visiting These 6 Sites

The National Park Service is helping celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month by sharing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders preserved in parks, memorials and historic sites across the country. .
Some of the places you can visit include:

Historic Chinatown and Little Italy New York, New York

The historic district of Chinatown and Little Italy is located in downtown New York. Chinatown was formed in the mid-19th to early 20th centuries, a dynamic period in American history when waves of immigrants from all over the world came to New York in search of opportunity. Immigration to New York City far exceeded that of any other city in the United States, and New York’s Chinatown eventually became the largest Chinatown in the United States.

George Nakashima Carpenters Complex

Downtown Historic District (Chinatown) Washington, DC

Chinatown is part of the Downtown Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, which encompasses the original downtown of Washington, DC – one of the city’s oldest mixed-use areas. In the 1930s, Chinatown moved from another part of the downtown district to where it stands today. The neighborhood is a mix of commercial, residential, religious and government buildings. Vibrant and interesting to visit, it is teeming with people, some of Chinese descent and others with a rich variety of Asian and other cultural roots.

Huilua Fishpond, Hawaii

Huilua Fishpond in Kahana Bay on the island of Oahu exemplifies the unique aquaculture practices of the Hawaiian people. Of the once estimated 97 fish ponds on Oahu’s coast, Huilua is one of only six that still exist. The Huilua Fishpond had a 500 foot rock seawall attached to the shore that surrounded 7 acres of Kahana Bay near the mouth of Kahana Creek. The wall was 3 to 4 feet wide and stood 4 feet above high tide, with two gates that allowed small fish to enter and exit the pond, but prevented larger fish from s ‘escape. The Hawaiians were the only ancient Polynesian people to transition from tide-dependent fish trapping to controlled artificial fish ponds, making their aquaculture the most advanced among the original Pacific peoples.

Hakone Historic District

The historic district of Hakone (Hakone) is located about half a mile west of the town of Saratoga, just south of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1915, Hakone occupies 18 acres of land and contains a series of gardens and buildings that constitute the oldest Japanese-style country villa in the Western Hemisphere. Hakone is unique in that it was built as a private, modest summer retreat, rather than part of a large, sprawling estate, as was more common at the time.

Granada, CO Relocation Center

The Granada Relocation Center is located near the town of Granada, Colorado. The relocation center, more commonly known as Camp Amache or Amache, was one of 10 centers built in the United States during World War II for the purpose of interning Japanese Americans and people from Japanese origin. More than 10,000 people passed through Camp Amache, and at its peak it housed more than 7,300 internees, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

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