FLS has slowly moved in and staff currently work on a staggered schedule to keep occupancy low. Photo by Stephanie Hsie.

Photos by Stephanie Hsie

In mid-November, Friends of Little Saigon celebrated the soft opening of Little Saigon Creative, a nearly 2,000 square foot open-concept space that will play host to a communal space, meeting rooms, a library featuring Vietnamese authors, rotating art exhibitions and a coffee shop, among providing other resources for the community. The soft opening celebration occurred virtually due to the pandemic.

Owned and operated by Friends of Little Saigon (FLS), a not-for-profit community development organization dedicated to advocating for the needs and rights of the neighborhood’s existing Vietnamese American population, the upcoming space will celebrate Vietnamese arts, culture, and history while providing programming for the community.

“This will be a central hub for folks to come together,” said Quynh Pham, executive director of FLS, in an interview with the International Examiner last November in 2019. “It is a place that will anchor the community—and that is something that’s really critical for the neighborhood right now.”

The IE will feature a more detailed article on Little Saigon Creative in our December 16 issue. Here are photos from the construction process from beginning to completion. All photos are by Stephanie Hsie.    

See the photo slide gallery for pictures during construction through to the completed construction of Little Saigon Creative.

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