Portland Chinatown Museum will remain closed to support community efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Past Hidden Histories Programs



Salem’s Early Chinese Community and Renewed Qing Ming Festival

With Kimberli Fitzgerald, Kylie Pine, Myron Lee, and Juwen Zhang
April 24, 2021

The program will feature new work being done in the Salem community to uncover the long and rich history of its early Chinese American residents. Kimberli Fitzgerald, City of Salem Historic Preservation Program Manager, will provide a summary of the excavation of the Chinese Shrine at Salem’s Pioneer Cemetery & Salem’s renewed Qing Ming celebration. Willamette Heritage Center Curator and Collections Manager Kylie Pine will share some of the documents, maps and photos from the museum’s collections that are helping expand our understanding of Salem’s Historical Chinatown(s). Panelists Myron Lee and Juwen Zhang will discuss Salem’s connection to China by sharing history of early immigrants as well as discussing more recent immigrants and events related to Salem’s Asian Americans.


Making Ties – The Cangdong Village Project

With Barre Fong and Laura Ng
April 10, 2021

Between the 1850s and 1940s, more than 2.5 million people left China’s Pearl River Delta region, creating new communities around the world. Their cultural and economic influences also transformed their home villages. The Cangdong Village Project was developed to investigate how daily life changed in migrant’s home villages during and after migration. “Making Ties: The Cangdong Village Project” is a film that documents the 2016-2018 archaeological investigations at Cangdong, a 700-year old village in Kaiping County, Guangdong Province, China, that is part of the Xie (Dea/Der/Tse) clan. The Cangdong Village Project is a joint undertaking of the Stanford Archaeology Center, the Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center at Wuyi University, and the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.





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