The Asian American & Pacific Islander Experience

Little Saigon in Arlington

Little Saigon refers to the Vietnamese ethnic enclave in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, which served the large refugee population that immigrated after the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. The neighborhood became a vibrant hub of Vietnamese commerce and social activity, and reached its peak during the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. The opening of the WMATA Clarendon Metro station eventually sparked new development, resulting in higher rents, and businesses closed or relocated, notably to the nearby Eden Center. Nam Viet Restaurant is the last remaining original Vietnamese business in Clarendon. Read More

Resources
Echoes of Little Saigon: Collecting and Preserving the Cultural History of the Vietnamese Community in Arlington, VA
Echoes of Little Saigon: Vietnamese Immigration and the Changing Face of Arlington
Revisit The Loss Of Clarendon’s ‘Little Saigon’