Little Saigon is the social, economic, and cultural hub of the Vietnamese community in the Puget Sound region. In the 30 years since the first group of Vietnamese businesses took root in this area, Little Saigon has become a vibrant and vital part of the Vietnamese community as well as the International District.
Prior to the arrival of the first wave of Vietnamese refugees fleeing oppression after the Fall of Saigon, the area directly east of Chinatown was a largely abandoned and unproductive neighborhood full of blight and crime.
Today, Little Saigon serves over 40,000 Vietnamese-Americans from all over the Puget Sound region. There are about 100 businesses in the neighborhood, most of which are Vietnamese-owned. The neighborhood is bounded by I-5 to the west, Rainier and Boren to the east, Yesler Terrace to the north, and Dearborn to the south. Just outside these boundaries lie the Vietnam Buddhist Temple and the Vietnamese Catholic Church, two major religious institutions in the community.
FLS has a mission to preserve and enhance Little Saigon’s cultural, economic and historic vitality.
Little Saigon is the hub of the Vietnamese American community where all families and businesses are thriving.
- Accountability to our community and our stakeholders
- Respect for differences and welcoming to all who participate
- Community Focus: committed in service to Little Saigon and the wider Vietnamese community
- Transparency: We manage the policies, procedures, and financial matters of FLS in a professional manner that is open and available for the public, our community and our supporters.
- Clarity in Communication: Maintain accurate, understandable, up-to date information exchange with our community, our stakeholders, and our supporters.
- Integrity: We do what we say we will do with the highest professional standards.
FLS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Tax ID # 45-3621880.