Huy Pham, Executive Director of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, speaks at a press conference in Hing Hay Park on May 9, 2023. The press conference announced that Seattle’s Chinatown International District (CID) has been named to The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2023 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places.

From September 12 through 15, experts, enthusiasts and community members from across the U.S. are can participate in sessions, workshops and tours celebrating and engaging in the preservation of Asian & Pacific Islander American heritage. The National Asian & Pacific Islander American Historic Preservation Forum will take place in Seattle September 2024, and many programs will take place in the Chinatown International District. 

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) chose Seattle for 2024 because of its significant APIA population and cultural history, according to a press release from APIAHiP, noting that Seattle is home to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). APIAHiP also praised the leadership of local statewide organizations the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

For the 2024 forum, APIAHiP will partner with all of these organizations, as well as Friends of Little Saigon, Historic Seattle, King County’s 4Culture, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association and other local historic preservation organizations and groups.

Seattle has long been a desired location for APIAHiP’s Forum, according to Huy Pham, Executive Director of APIAHiP, in a press release.

Seattle’s CID being named to The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2023 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places also built momentum for the Forum, Pham said in the press release. “We aim to both learn from and empower attendees whether they join us locally or arriving across the country and territories,” Pham said.

Founded in 2007, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation is a leading organization committed to the preservation and recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander American histories and cultural heritage in the United States. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, APIAHiP works to ensure that the stories and contributions of APIA communities are acknowledged and preserved for future generations. 

APIAHiP’s previous forum in 2020 took place in Honolulu, and the inaugural forum was held in 2010 in San Francisco. 

APIAHiP is calling for sponsors and session proposals. Those interested in supporting the Forum can contact [email protected].

APIAHiP is accepting proposals for sessions until April 28, including:

– Sessions / Panels
– Workshops / Demonstrations
– Roundtables / Discussions
– Tours / Events
– Affinity Convenings / Meetings
– Paper or Poster Presentations

If you have general questions before submitting a proposal, please contact [email protected]

Early Bird registration will be available May and June, and general registration June through August. Limited scholarships for students and young professionals will be available.

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