IMAGES OF AMERICA: Filipinos in Los Angeles
Title: IMAGES OF AMERICA: Filipinos in Los Angeles
Author: Mae Respicio Koerner
The year 2006 marked the centennial of Filipino migration to the United States, when 15 immigrant workers called sakadas arrived in Hawaii to work on the island's sugar plantations. Today the largest concentration of Filipinos outside the Philippines exists in Southern California. In the 1920s, the first substantial wave of newcomers settled in downtown Los Angeles, eventually migrating to areas just northwest of downtown, a district now designated by the city as Historic Filipinotown.