SEATTLE’S INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community traces the journey of early settlements, and chronicles the evolution of the International District from its early times to the present. It covers the ebb and flow of the area, the struggles to preserve the important forces, government policies, events and people who have shaped the District. It is a story about the movement of the Chinatowns, the heyday of the 1920s, Filipino immigrants and union organizing, the decline of the District and how it fought back, and its emergence as a present-day pan-Asian American community.
“Seattle International District” is an essential book to read for scholars and the general public who want to understand the history, developmental phases, and growth dynamics of Seattle’s pan-Asian inner-city neighborhood. Author Doug Chin brings his personal knowledge growing up in this neighborhood. Author Doug Chin brings his years of professional experience as an author, community leader, and activist into telling the stories of the people and passages that created the International District.”
– Marie Rose Wong, ph. D., Associate Professor Urban Planning, Asian American Studies, Institute of Public Service, Seattle University
“Doug Chin’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in the dynamic history and culture of Seattle’s Asian American community. Seattle’s international District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community is an eloquent account, written from the heart, as only a true native son could, about the Asian Americans who have settled in Seattle and made the International District their home.”
– Dr. Connic So, Senior Lecturer American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
Doug Chin is a second generation Seattle native who attended Garfield High School. He has written many articles on the history of Chinese Americans And the International District. he has been a civil rights and community activist since the 1960s and, in the 1980s, he was the International District Coordinator for the city of Seattle. He has been a board member on many of the community agencies in the District, including the International Examiner. He has a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from San Francisco State College, and a M.A. in public administration from the University of Washinton