Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

SCIDpda, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID)—a vibrant pan-Asian community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Formed by the community in 1975, SCIDpda works in the neighborhood by providing services

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

SCIDpda, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID)—a vibrant pan-Asian community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Formed by the community in 1975, SCIDpda works in the neighborhood by providing services in three areas: affordable housing and commercial property management, real estate development, and community economic development and community engagement. We have over a 40-year success record of increasing neighborhood sustainability through innovative programs and projects that balance development and preservation.

About the Organization:

SCIDpda, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID)—a vibrant pan-Asian community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Formed by the community in 1975, SCIDpda works in the neighborhood by providing services in three areas: affordable housing and commercial property management, real estate development, and community economic development and community engagement. We have over a 40-year success record of increasing neighborhood sustainability through innovative programs and projects that balance development and preservation.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Seattle’s CID is a resilient immigrant and refugee neighborhood that is unique in its history and makeup as one of the few pan-Asian neighborhoods in the United States. The pandemic and rise of hate-crimes against Asians brought fear to our neighborhood. We rely economically on a regional customer base and tourism. Among our concerns are social isolation, job and income loss, and elders who are scared to walk outside. We believe that to halt repeating patterns of racism, the narrative about Asians in this country needs to change. Our visual campaign will address the problem we see in the messaging of 'STOP ASIAN HATE"—the linking of the words ASIAN with HATE has the opposite intended effect. We propose a visual campaign that speaks to the fight against hate with positive messaging and imagery.  Posters, signs, and digital downloads will reinforce a positive message along the lines of "Asians Belong Here."

The Solution:

As a team of community builders and artists who deeply love our neighborhood, we believe that place-based art created with and by the community, paired with honest conversations have a powerful role to play in dismantling stereotypes and building power. Our solution is three-fold:
  • To hold cross-generational trainings or conversations between Chinatown International District youth and elders about racial justice, AAPI history, community healing, and by-stander intervention.
  • To create a series of multilingual collaborative  murals that feature themes around AAPI history and activism, and also of solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
  • To create a visual campaign to fight anti-Asian xenophobia with a positive message in the form of posters, signs, and public transit ads in high-traffic Seattle locations.

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