American Studies 197A
Winter Quarter 2002
about Political Tours by Aimee Pham
Tours: These tours of ethnic enclaves tend to perpetuate
stereotypes (e.g., former Grayline tours of Chinatown)
Tours: These tours, usually conducted by community
groups, usually deal with history, landmarks, community leaders,
and some community issues. However, these tours usually do
not mention community problems such as labor exploitation
(e.g., sweatshops) and community controversies.
Tours: These tours were once a regular part of
Asian American Studies classes, and students were trained
in conducting these types of tours by linking readings and
research to actual community conditions. These tours focus
on history and contemporary community issues, including economic
conditions such as labor, education and social conditions,
healthcare, family lives, race relations, community culture,
gender relations, etc. Specifically, some topics of political
and working conditions
problems: is housing adequate?
factors including plants, electrical lines, contaminated
lives including their daily lives, small businesses, services
available to them, and language barriers etc.
residents relationship to government authority
including public schools in neighborhood and after-school
organizations and services
including churches and temples
including its impact on jobs
presence like big banks or supermarkets.
from a political standpoint.
People for Political Tours
Ito Chinatown/Little Tokyo
Omatsu Little Tokyo
for Civil Rights and Redress Little Tokyo
CORE Pilipino Town
OBrien Environmental Justice Resource and political
tours of UCLA campus