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CHINATOWN is a historic ethnic neighborhood, which has experienced tremendous struggle and has historically served as a port of entry for immigrants of diverse national origins throughout its more than 156 year history. Chinatown continues to serve as the historic and cultural center for the Chinese-American community in the Los Angeles region. The first Chinese was recorded to be in Los Angeles in 1852. Chinatown’s first location in Los Angeles was around Calle de los Negros. In 1933, the City forcibly evicted the residents and razed “Old Chinatown” to build Union Station, which then resulted in the 1938 relocation of the Chinese to “New Chinatown”, which today we know as Central and West Plazas in the heart of Chinatown’s historic core. 2008 marks the 70th anniversary of Chinatown’s relocation from its original site at Union Station, and it reinforces the Chinatown community’s spirit as well as physical reconnection to its origins at El Pueblo. The Garnier Building is the last of the oldest buildings of “Old Chinatown” that was exclusively and continuously inhabited by Chinese immigrants from the time of its construction in 1890, part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. It is only fitting that the Garnier Building continues to serve this unique role in Chinatown’s heritage as home to the Chinese American Museum.