Created on GPS-enabled Nokia tablets long before it was common to connect media and location via a smartphone, the Mobile Hi Fi Immigrant’s Guides are self-guided walking tours of Hi Fi that enable users to travel through time while discovering the neighborhood. They use historic images, maps, and audio from 82 of the videos appearing on HyperCities to trace Hi Fi’s evolution and the migration of Filipinos across Los Angeles through the stories of immigrants.
The Guides examine the personal stories, policies, discrimination, displacement, struggles, and joy that typify the immigrant experience in LA. They are divided into four time periods that span from the 1880s (when Filipinos first came to the city) to the present. Each period features a central figure, first person narratives created by community members, and a clickable period-specific map. In essence, they tell the story of LA over time.
Like all of the PDUB project’s media, the Guides are homespun community creations and the result of a collective effort. The process of creating them was participatory, multi-generational, and cross-disciplinary. Contents were generated through workshops with PDUB Youth; research and interviews; university classes; and the direct input of community members. Through their participation, community members were able to shape the Guides’ conceptual framework and its public presentation. Long-term residents, community leaders, businesspeople and other stakeholders were eager to contribute: share photos, record their stories, and volunteer.
Community members recognized PDUB’s Mobile HI FI Guides as a much-needed repository of the stories and value people have placed in the neighborhood, and that they allowed a community to tell its own story, with all the weight and meaning that only its members can bring.
PDUB’s Mobile Hi Fi Guides aim to promote and benefit Hi Fi; to increase its public visibility; and to drive interest, investment, and foot traffic into the area.
They enable it to more effectively advocate on its own behalf by:
MOBILE HI FI FEATURED CONTENT:
Guide topics include housing, employment, language, transportation, social life and recreation. The trace the immigration and migration of Filipinos in Los Angeles from Little Manila (now Little Tokyo) to Bunker Hill to the Temple-Beaudry corridor to today’s Historic Filipinotown and beyond. Featured content includes:
To take a Mobile Hi Fi Immigrant’s Tour contact the Pilipino Workers Center at (213) 250-4353.