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Vietnamese Immigrants in Northern Virginia

 
 
Vietnamese Immigrants in Northern Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2022
1. Vietnamese Immigrants in Northern Virginia Marker
Inscription.  Thousands of Vietnamese refugees immigrated to the U.S. after the fall of South Vietnamese capital of Saigon in April 1975. Proximity to Washington, D.C., made Arlington a popular location for settlement. A vibrant enclave of businesses, known as Little Saigon, arose in the Clarendon neighborhood and became a social and commercial hub for the community. Climbing rents in the 1980s displaced these businesses, and many relocated to Eden Center. Modeled on market districts in Vietnam, Eden Center grew to include more than 120 shops and restaurants. A regional gathering place for Vietnamese Americans, it became the largest source of Vietnamese goods on the East Coast.
 
Erected 2021 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-49.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1975.
 
Location. 38° 52.366′ 
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N, 77° 9.236′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is on Wilson Boulevard west of Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6799 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church VA 22044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Buffalo (approx. ¼ mile away); Fairfax Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); Taylor’s Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); Falls Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor’s Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 8 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tallwood (approx. half a mile away); This Is Upton Hill! (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Location of the marker and Eden Center
This marker and Eden Center are both north of Wilson Boulevard, which put them (barely) in the jurisdiction of the City of Falls Church. Across the street is Fairfax County, and within two blocks is Arlington County. The City of Falls Church is legally distinct from both of these counties, although parts of each have addresses with a Falls Church ZIP code, assigned by the U.S. Postal Service.
    — Submitted June 19, 2022, by Devry
Vietnamese Immigrants in Northern Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2022
2. Vietnamese Immigrants in Northern Virginia Marker
Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
Vietnamese-style gateway to Eden Center from Wilson Boulevard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ronald D Anzalone, June 1, 2022
3. Vietnamese-style gateway to Eden Center from Wilson Boulevard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on June 25, 2022, by Ronald D Anzalone of Falls Church, Virginia.

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