Chinatown-International District Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This region would not be what it is without the vital contributions of Chinese American railway workers, Japanese American farmers, and Filipino American cannery workers—contributions that have not always been appreciated. White militants in 1886 staged anti-Chinese riots, rounding up 350 people and ordering them at gunpoint to board the next steamship out of town. During World War II, Japanese Americans throughout the Pacific states were sent to internment camps. Through it all, the neighborhood east of Pioneer Square has remained the spiritual home of Asian Seattle.
In recent decades, Vietnamese immigrants have added their own dimensions to this exciting mélange of languages, architectures, and decorative styles. Yet even this historic area is not immune to redevelopment mania. New apartment and hotel projects are planned for its periphery, and even for current historic-building spots in its heart."