COMMUNITY ORGANIZING & ADVOCACY

At the root of FLS’s work is organizing and bringing the community together to address issues impacting Little Saigon. We’re able to do this through thoughtful collaboration, partnerships, and inclusive and culturally competent outreach and engagement. Some of these advocacy efforts include:

  • Housing and commercial affordability
  • Public safety and sanitation
  • Equitable development
  • Anti-displacement

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

As a commercial district, the small businesses in Little Saigon form the foundation of the neighborhood. These businesses provide the community with essential needs, resources, and services that are unique to the needs of the Southeast Asian community. Together these small businesses create a social, economic and cultural place that is critical to the vitality of Little Saigon. To support these businesses, FLS has advocated for both investments and resources to increase economic opportunity in the neighborhood. Specific projects include:

  • Landmark Project
  • Influencing development

CULTURAL PRESERVATION

Before the Vietnamese community came to settle in this neighborhood, Little Saigon, specifically Jackson Street, was a vibrant part of Japan Town and the jazz scene between the 1930s and 1950s. After WWII, this area was left as an industrial and desolate space.

After fleeing their war-torn country in 1975, Vietnamese immigrants and refugees settled in Seattle holding on to a need to find a new home and reconnect. As a result, small businesses began to open, providing Vietnamese-specific goods and services. As the neighborhood flourished, this area became an valuable place for the community to experience, practice, and preserve their traditions and cultural roots. Today, FLS celebrates Vietnamese culture through these projects:

  • Celebrate Little Saigon Festival
  • Cultural Placemaking