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SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC PLACES: San Diego’s Asian-American History, 1880s-1900s

Airs Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Historical photo of immigrants working on a celery farm, Chula Vista c. 1920

Learn more about San Diego County's history with host Elsa Sevilla, on SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES. This series details the history of San Diego and surrounding areas, explores the region, and certainly touches on California history. Some of the topics and viewer favorites include historic hotels, historic theaters, stagecoach stations, Victorian houses and railroad depots, to name a few.

Poston, Arizona, near the Colorado River, was where many San Diego Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.
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Above: Poston, Arizona, near the Colorado River, was where many San Diego Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.

Model of Chinese fishing huts on San Diego Bay
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Above: Model of Chinese fishing huts on San Diego Bay

Elsa Sevilla is passionate about history. She travels the county in search of unique, beautiful and grand "Historic Places." The biggest reward for Elsa is when viewers mention they knew of the location, but never knew the history, until they watched SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES.

To celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, host Elsa Sevilla, looks into San Diego's history as Chinese and Japanese immigrants arrived in San Diego during the 1880s. Some came to work on the Transcontinental Railroad, the farming fields, fishing and other labor jobs.

At the turn of the 20th Century, Filipino students came to San Diego State University under an education program. Join us for detailed accounts on how San Diego's Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino immigrants moved to the region.

Full episodes of SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES are available for online viewing.

Asian Americans

In this episode we follow the migration of Asian Americans to the San Diego region, and the impact they had in forming the city.