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Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements
April 2021 - December 2021 Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements is a series of 9 virtual presentations that feature the history of Oregon's early rural and urban Chinese settlements. Developed in partnership with the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project and several statewide organizations, Hidden Histories aims to provide a better understanding of Chinese immigrant history and culture and its importance to Oregon’s growing Asian American population.

The series was organized and moderated by the Portland Chinatown Museum in 2021, and highlights the the work of local curators, archivists, archaeologists, and historic preservationists from Oregon’s towns and cities, museums, universities, state parks and forests.

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 more information or to view past Hidden Histories programs, click here.