Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and this site
showcases historic properties listed in the National Register and National
Park units highlighting important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience
in America. Join the National Register in commemorating just a few of
the places where Asian and Pacific people have made history.
Parade in front of the Mendocino Joss
House, part of the recent dedication festivities for this temple
Photograph courtesy of David Look
Mendocino Joss House (now the Temple of Kwan
Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barrelling Plant
Teaching with Historic Places
This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine important aspects of Asian-Pacific history.
Locke and Walnut Grove:
Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California
Understand the experience of early Asian immigrants and the obstacles they encountered as they struggled to make a living and find a place in American society.
The War Relocation Centers of World War II:
When Fear Was Stronger than Justice
Learn what led the U.S. government to confine nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry to relocation centers in remote areas of the country during World War II.
International District (Chinatown), which combines Asian and Western
architectural traditions into a uniquely American neighborhood.
Manzanar National Historic Site (Featured Park)
Minidoka Internment National Monument
Jun Fujita Cabin at Voyageurs National Park
American Memorial Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
National Park of American Samoa
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
War in the Pacific National Historical
Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California, is a publication
of the California Parks and Recreation Department, which contains valuable
information on the experience of Chinese
Americans and Japanese
Americans in the state.
and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation
In 1942, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes
in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona in
the single largest forced relocation in U.S. history. Many would spend
the next 3 years in one of ten "relocation centers" across the
country run by the newly-formed War Relocation Authority (WRA). This report
provides an overview of the physical remains left at the sites of the
Japanese American relocation. The main focus is on the architectural remnants,
the archeological features, and the artifacts remaining at the relocation
centers where Japanese Americans were held during World War II.
"CRM" is the flagship
publication of the NPs Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership
Programs and contains articles on the full range of cultural resources
management and preservation topics. The following issues deal directly
with questions regarding Asian and Pacific Islands cultural resources.
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Pacific Preservation. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Pacific Preservation".
Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Hawaiin and Pacific Perspectives. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation".
Preservation in the Pacific Basin
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Preservation in the Pacific Basin. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Preservation in the Pacific Basin".
Another View from Hawai'i
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Another View from Hawai'i. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Another View from Hawai'i".
Since its inception in 1966, nearly 75,000 properties have been listed
in the National Register. Together these files hold information on nearly
one million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures,
and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at
the national, state, and local levels. Search by name, location, agency,
or theme to locate National Register properties associated with Asian-Pacific
Library of Congress:
in America (HABS/HAER)
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American
Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture,
engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range
of building types and engineering technologies, including sites related
to Asian-Pacific history and culture. Searches on keywords like "Japanese,"
"Chinese," or "World War II" will provide information
on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality
drawings, photographs and historical data. Of special interest are the
following properties: the Chee Kung Tong Society in Hawaii, the Joe Shoong
Chinese School, and the Chinese Joss House in California.
Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's best-known photographer,
documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Adams's Manzanar work is
a departure from his signature style of landscape photography, and includes
not only numerous portraits, but also views of daily life, agricultural
scenes, and sports and leisure activities.
Resources Division of Guam explains the mission of this government
office, and provides information on news and events, and a virtual tour
of the island's historic sites.
Government of Guam
provides further information on Guam's historic and natural resources,
as well as information on the government of this United States territory.
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month 2001 (special
Micronesia feature), Asian-Pacific Heritage
Month 2000, and Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
For more information about Asian-Pacific properties listed in the National
Register, please visit these past Asian-Pacific Heritage Month features.
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Images for collage clockwise from top right:
Sunrise in Hawaii, Palm tree from Palau, Los Angeles Chinatown, Petrogylph
in Guam, House in Marshall Islands, historic photograph of sugar cane
worker in Hawaii, site in Palau, two women weaving in American Samoa
Collage images courtesy of NPS, Guam and Palau Historic Preservation
Offices, and Library of Congress [AEP-MIN73]. Photograph Chinatown in
bottom right corner courtesy of Dennis Thomason
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