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Public Programs

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Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements
April 2021 - January 2022 The Portland Chinatown Museum is pleased to announce Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements, a series of 12 virtual programs held via Zoom, which will partner with statewide organizations to share stories of Oregon’s early rural and urban Chinese settlements. This program aims to provide a better understanding of Chinese immigrant history and culture and its importance to Oregon’s growing Asian American population.

The series is organized and moderated by the Portland Chinatown Museum in partnership with curators, archivists, archaeologists, and historic preservationists from Oregon’s towns and cities, museums, universities, state parks and forests. Beginning in April 2021, the series will highlight stories from Portland, Salem, Jacksonville, Ashland, Astoria, The Dalles, John Day, Grant County, and Pendleton, OR.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds Oregon Humanities’ grant program.  For fifty years, Oregon Humanities has offered programs and publications that help Oregonians connect, reflect, and learn from one another.

Photo: John Day Chinatown, c. 1900. Courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site.

For information on past Hidden Histories programs, click here.