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Asia in St. Louis: Stories of Community Building and Resilience

Thursday, April 18 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Danforth University Center, Goldberg Formal Lounge
6475 Forsyth, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

What was the experience of Asian American migrants to the Midwest in the late nineteenth century? What did Chinatown in St. Louis look like before its demolition in the 1960s? What happened to Japanese Americans who escaped interment camps and settled in St. Louis during World War II? How did the Asian American immigrants establish successful businesses with the support of the local community? How did national developments in race relations and social activism in the twentieth century influence Asian Americans in St. Louis?  

In anticipation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of individuals within the AAPI community in St. Louis, Washington University Libraries and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion of Washington University in St. Louis invite you to join us for a forum on the history of Asian Americans in St. Louis. With the support of the Missouri Humanities Council, Washington University students and staff have created a series of webpages using GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to showcase the contributions of the Asian American community on St. Louis, called the ‘Asia in St. Louis’ project. 

Guest speaker, Anna Crosslin, will speak on her experience as a member of the International Society in St. Louis. The Asia in St. Louis project members will present their StoryMaps which focus on the arrival of early Chinese immigrants, urban life in St. Louis’ first Chinatown (Hop Alley), the relocation of Japanese American students to WashU during World War II, and how national developments in social justice influenced Asian Americans in St. Louis. 

Free and open to all, registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Center for Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate Center, University Libraries
Event Contact

Joan Wang | Joan.wang@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Anna Eriko Crosslin, President & CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis for 42 years. Prior to joining the Institute, Crosslin worked for Professor Stanley Spector, a noted China scholar and the founder of the East Asian Library at Washington University. In May 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by the university, her alma mater. Crosslin, a recipient of more than two dozen awards and recognitions, is a well-known authority on immigrant and immigration issues and has led a number of regional and national initiatives to connect immigrant and refugee newcomers with their communities, services and culture. Crosslin will reflect on the evolution of St. Louis’ Asian American community, sharing experiences from her private and professional life.

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