Historic Filipinotown was officially designated by Los Angeles City Council District 13 as one of the city’s historic geographic areas on August 2, 2002. It is the first Filipino community in America to merit a named area with distinct geographic boundaries. Also known as the Temple-Beverly Corridor, this area is located just west of central downtown. Historic Filipinotown was once home to one of the largest Filipino enclaves in California, a place where many Filipinos purchased their first homes, raised families, and established businesses. The cultural continuity of Filipino families and businesses in the corridor in the 21st century inspired the collective efforts of Filipino organizations, Los Angeles community leaders, and individuals working in concert to establish Historic Filipinotown and maintain its vibrant culture.
Author Bio: Carina Monica Montoya, a native of Los Angeles and the author of Filipinos in Hollywood, collected the vintage images for this volume from Los Angeles historical organizations and Filipino families who settled in and around the Temple-Beverly Corridor in the early years. These remarkable photographs illustrate developments that led Filipinos to a corner of the city they could call home and commemorate one of the most distinctive Asian/Pacific cultural legacies in Los Angeles.
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