The Arlington Historical Society hosted a presentation on Arlington’s “Little Saigon” at the Main Arlington Library Auditorium on May 4, 2014 featuring local author Kim O’Connell. She discussed the history of the Vietnamese community in Arlington with a panel of former residents. In the 1970s, after the end of the Vietnam War, a wave of Vietnamese immigrants settled in Arlington and created an enclave of shops and restaurants in Clarendon, which became known colloquially as “Little Saigon.”

O’Connell, an Arlington researcher, writer, and daughter of a Vietnamese immigrant, discussed Clarendon’s history as Little Saigon and explained how it came into being and why it was so short-lived.

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