Community Conversations: stay connected while learning about LA’s historic neighborhoods

A screen grab from the conversation with Eugene Moy.

With group events and public gatherings currently on hold, it’s more important than ever to find new ways to stay connected. That’s why Metro began a series of “Community Conversations,” which are online meetings hosted by community leaders to help us learn the histories, art, activism and cultural assets of the neighborhoods that shape Los Angeles County.

The first two conversations are available to watch here:

Chinatown: Why I Love Chinatown! Past, Present, Future by Eugene Moy
Eugene is a former city planner, activist, and member of the Chinese Historical Society and Chinese American Museum. He illustrated the history of Chinese immigration to the United States, the formation of Chinatowns, and personal perspectives about the genesis and resiliency of the heritage neighborhood.

Little Tokyo: The Spirit and Legacy of Asian American Activism and BLM Poem by Miya Iwataki
Miya is a poet, long-time activist, and member of Little Tokyo Historical Society. She shared through visual storytelling her personal experience with the civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s, how it has shaped community service in Little Tokyo today, and how she understands the past struggle for social justice continuing today in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The next round of Community Conversations will take place later this month and include leaders from South LA, San Fernando Valley, and Boyle Heights. You can RSVP to participate here, or sign up to get notifications by emailing


ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 213.326.1787 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

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  1. I tried to register for the conversation on 8/25 on South LA but the software wouldn’t let me register. It asked if I need translation, but I couldn’t answer. It asked if I wanted to be notified of future conversations, but again I couldnt answer. I hit the Register key but it didnt respond.