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It's Here! A New Museum for


Honoring Portland Chinatown's Past
Celebrating its Present
Helping to Create its Future

Grand Opening December 15, 2018
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

An Expanded Permanent Version of

Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns

Beyond the Gate was created as a temporary exhibit for the Oregon Historical Society by Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis with the help of Carey Wong, Exhibition Designer, Jennifer Fang, Associate Curator, and the Portland Chinatown History Foundation. It was presented for three months in spring, 2016 and then dismantled. We are deeply grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for helping the Foundation bring the Chinatown community’s story home.
King of the Yees
December 5 - 9, 2018
 Photo: Chris Bennion Photography.

Photo: Chris Bennion Photography.

Lauren Yee’s comedy, King of the Yees, receives its Portland premiere in a series of enhanced staged readings at the new Portland Chinatown Museum from December 5 to 9, 2018. A love letter to America’s Chinese communities, the play premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2017 and has since been performed in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, and Seattle.

In this hilarious and heartfelt generational story about culture, racial identity, and family, Yee explores why her father, who grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, is such a devoted member of the Yee Fung Toy, a family association formed in the late 1800s to help Chinese immigrants navigate living and working in America under immigration exclusion.

The readings will be directed by Desdemona Chiang, of San Francisco and Seattle, who directed the full production of King of the Yees for the ACT Theatre in Seattle in 2017 and Baltimore Center Stage in 2018. In Portland, the all-Asian cast of five actors includes the three leads from the Seattle and Baltimore productions and two local actors from Theatre Diaspora including its director, Dmae Roberts. For the Portland production, Carey Wong's original set designs are being transformed into animated wall projections by local artist Horatio Law with Lynn Yarne. Carey Wong, the designer of the Beyond the Gate exhibition for Portland Chinatown Museum is artistic advisor for the Portland performances.

The King of the Yees’ evening performances will be held on December 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be on December 8 and 9 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 for opening night, which includes a wine reception with the cast. Tickets for all other performances range from $7.50 to $20.00. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and at the museum.

The Portland production of King of the Yees is funded by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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The Portland Chinatown Museum is located in the heart of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District:

127 NW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-0008

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Special Membership Opportunity Supporting the Opening of Beyond the Gate

Lifetime Membership for Two includes:

Free Admission to Museum and all Member Events, 10% off all Ticketed Programs & Store Purchases, Invitation to all Exhibit Previews, Annual Party, and Name on Major Donor Panel


Lifetime Membership Offer expires December 31, 2018
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 Photo: Courtesy May Chang, Courtesy Jeff Lee Photography.

Photo: Courtesy May Chang, Courtesy Jeff Lee Photography.

Annual Membership

You can support the Portland Chinatown Museum and its mission through the purchase of an annual membership for yourself or your family. We offer pricing for seniors, educators, students, families, and Friends of the Museum. For more info about higher-level memberships and associated benefits, contact jackie@portlandchinatown.org.

Prices & Benefits

Friend of the Museum: $100
Household/Family: $75
Individual: $45
Seniors: $30
Educators: $30
Students: $20

Free admission to Portland Chinatown Museum, Invitation to Members' Only Exhibit Previews, Discounted program and special events pricing, 10% discount for purchases in Museuem Store.

Memberships can be purchased at the museum, by mail, or online in the near future.


The construction of the Portland Chinatown Museum is made possible by generous grants from:

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The Portland Chinatown Museum is operated by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit charitable foundation registered in the state of Oregon.
Banner: New Chinatown development c. 1910 from Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society