Little Tokyo: How History Shapes a Community Across Generations




Los Angeles, CA


July 17-22, 2022; July 24-29, 2022


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




“Little Tokyo: How History Shapes a Community Across Generations” will examine history through the neighborhood of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California. Starting with early immigration from Japan in the 1880s, participants will learn how this community has been impacted by events and issues such as racism, the civil rights movement, and gentrification. A central area of exploration will be the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Joined by scholars, educators, curators, and historians, we will explore how this neighborhood has been impacted by historical events, legislation, and the strength of a community.

Project Director(s)

Lynn Yamasaki

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Emily Anderson; Kristen Hayashi; Mary Hendra; Karen Ishizuka; Hillary Jenks; Dan Kwong; Mitch Maki; Brian Niiya

Grantee Institution

Japanese American National Museum

Funded through the Division of Education Programs