Sociology of the International District (hannah)

How does our school community connect to the International District community? What is the history of the ground we walk on? How can we be in just relationship with our neighbors? 

We go to school in the heart of a rich historical and cultural urban enclave. The International District is a multiethnic concentrated area that includes Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon, and Manilatown. Chinese immigrants first came to the PNW in the 1850s. Since then, the sociology of the International District has been shaped by legislature, migration, war, environment, business, gentrification, racism, culture, and resistance. 

Sociology is a science focusing on society, human behavior, relationships, and interactions. In this class, we will learn about the history of the ID in order to understand the sociology of the area over time and today. Class will include visits to local businesses, museums, and parks throughout the term. I hope to have members from the community come speak with us. 

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