Asian Resource Center

"The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) began to renovate the old Lyons Storage Building at Harrison and Ninth Street into the Asian Resource Center for nonprofit social service agencies in the late 1970s. It was the first of many projects by EBALDC, a nationally recognized organization." (from William Wong's "Oakland's Chinatown", p.84.)

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"Our architect Jimmy Ishimaru who worked on the building called it 'Flamboyant French Gothic'. Today it's a multi-service center that is home to nine nonprofits and eight small businesses.

Lynette Lee



"The whole center would be owned and operated by a community organization. Our core group of students started in the winter of 1973. By 1975, we had incorporated as the East Bay Asian Development Corporation."

Ted Dang

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"Filipinos For Affirmative Action is 36 years old and started by community activists who were students at the time as well as people who were working in the Filipino community for many years. We do work on the development of immigrant rights policy and community development.

Lillian Galedo


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"I've been Executive Director of EBALDC (East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation) since 1982. What we do say about our buildings is that they generally reflect the (demographics of the) neighborhood. In every building there's a mixture. In fact both our staff and our board is very diverse."

Lynette Lee

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