Created By: University of Massachusetts Boston
At this site, you will listen to audio describing the An Bình Community Garden. Located at the corner of Faulkner and Freeman Streets, a block from the Vietnamese American Community Center and the Fields Corner Red Line T Station, the community garden is part of a six-unit community housing project developed by VietAID in 2002. The story of the garden’s significance is described in: Tang, Shirley Suet-ling and James Điền Bùi (2009). Vietnamese American Community Cultural Development and the Making of History in Boston. In Monica Chiu (Ed). Asian Americans in New England, Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England. pp. 167-190. Why is housing important to the Vietnamese American community over its long history in Dorchester (but especially with increased gentrification in the area today)? Why might the An Bình or Peace Garden particularly important to this community? How does it represent Vietnamese American resilience and cultural sustenance (especially in the context of U.S. and European imperialism)?
Next, read about VietAID's various housing projects: https://www.vietaid.org/housing/
Last, read about this particular housing development: https://trinitymanagementllc.net/property/19-21-faulkner-street/
This point of interest is part of the tour: Fighting Anti-Asian Violence: Anh Mai’s Legacy Walking Tour