Created By: University of Massachusetts Boston
At this site of the Boston Little Saigon headquarters, you will listen to audio describing the history of this established cultural district in Fields Corner. The Boston Little Saigon cultural district was officially designated by both the City of Boston in 2019 and the MA Cultural Council in 2021 with a mission to recognize and preserve Vietnamese American culture and to highlight the community’s contributions to Dorchester. Think about this official city designation in contrast with the terror of Anh Mai’s murder 35+ years earlier and the treatment of the Vietnamese American community by white politicians during the 80s and 90s (see below article on City Councilor "Dapper" O'Neil and the community's reaction) is striking. What is the significance of Dorchester Avenue within the Vietnamese American community? How has Boston's political establishment changed in its treatment and respect of the Vietnamese American community (after reading the below articles)?
First, review this City of Boston website for Boston Little Saigon cultural district: https://www.boston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture/boston-little-saigon-cultural-district
Next, visit the Boston Little Saigon cultural district website: https://www.bostonlittlesaigon.org
Then, read this Boston Globe article on the new cultural district designation: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/18/metro/boston-little-saigon-wins-cultural-district-designation/
Finally, read this history of the Vietnamese American community's activism after City Councilor "Dapper" O'Neil's disparaging remarks: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5hr6f3nw
This point of interest is part of the tour: Fighting Anti-Asian Violence: Anh Mai’s Legacy Walking Tour