Little Saigon Walking Tour - Clarendon Neighborhood
Good for all ages
In partnership with local writer Kim O'Connell and the Center for Local History.
Registrations are open for two timeslots:
Join us for a five-stop tour around Clarendon to illuminate the neighborhood's rich Vietnamese history. This event draws from the project Echoes of Little Saigon, made possible with a generous grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) and support from Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development; Arlington’s Historic Preservation Program in the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development; and the Arlington County Library’s Center for Local History. For more info, please view this video of Little Saigon Walking Tour, November 2021.
About Little Saigon: Little Saigon refers to the Vietnamese ethnic enclave in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, which served the large refugee population that immigrated after the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. The neighborhood became a vibrant hub of Vietnamese commerce and social activity, and reached its peak during the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. The opening of the WMATA Clarendon Metro station eventually sparked new development, resulting in higher rents, and businesses closed or relocated, notably to the nearby Eden Center. Nam Viet Restaurant is the last remaining original Vietnamese business in Clarendon.
Registration is required.
This event is part of the Library's celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.