In May 2020, the Museum launched its first series of Virtual Community Roundtables in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a way to bring our community together to discuss current issues of significance to Asian Americans and other communities of color.
In September 2020, PCM launched a new monthly series made possible by a grant from Neighbors West/Northwest and the City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life and with the partnership of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
Chinatown PrettyWith Andria Lo and Valerie Luu
March 13, 2021
Chinatown Pretty captures the street-style of senior citizens across six North American Chinatowns: San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Vancouver. This book (six years in the making) chronicles their creative style and their life wisdoms, along with histories of each regional Chinatown.
Celebrating Chinese New Year in Portland ChinatownWith the Portland Chinatown Museum
February 20, 2021 Come celebrate the Year of the Ox with the Portland Chinatown Museum! Our 150 foot dragon is sheltering in place this year due to COVID-19, but our upcoming Chinese New Year Virtual Community Roundtable event on Saturday, February 20 will be a wonderful opportunity to honor the Lunar New Year and be swept up in the sights and sounds of former Dragon Dance parades, fireworks and drums, Lion dancers, and food and costumes. Join members of our local Chinese American community to learn more about the holiday’s meaning, traditions and history as we take a look at what makes Chinese New Year in Portland so special. This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone.
Winter Flowering Plants at the Lan Su Chinese GardenWith Justin Blackwell, Curator of Horticulture
January 23, 2021
Winter time is one of the most spectacular and special seasons when it comes to flowering and fragrant plants. Chinese horticulturalists have been cultivating winter blooming species of Plum, Daphne, Wintersweet, Camellia and Honeysuckle for over 2,000 years! Curator of Horticulture Justin Blackwell will talk about some of these winter blooming plants that can be found in the Lan Su, and why they are an important element of a Chinese Garden.
AAPI Black Solidarity MuralWith Artists Alex Chiu, Layna Lewis, Justin Phillip, Kiana Kinchelow, and A'misa Chiu
December 12, 2020
Local Portland-based African American and Asian American artists will discuss their intergenerational collaboration and recent completion of their AAPI Black Solidarity Mural located in Old Town Chinatown.
Asian Americans and the VoteWith Gloria Lee, Mae Yih, Marchel Hirschfield, and LiLi Sedare October 31, 2020
A lively and informative discussion on Asian American voter engagement with guest speakers: Mae Yih, the first Chinese American to serve in a state senate in the United States; Gloria Lee from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance; LiLi Siedare, Reed College student; and Marchel Hirschfield, Political Director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.
Asian Americans CountWith Gloria Lee and Jackie Leung
September 26, 2020
Gloria Lee from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and City of Salem Councilwoman Jackie Leung discuss the critical importance of participating in the 2020 Census for Asian American communities, and the impact the Census results will have on all Oregonians.Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the City of Portland or NWNW.
My Unforgotten SeattleAuthor Ron Chew in Conversation with Amy Chang
December 5, 2020
Third-generation Seattleite, historian, journalist, and museum visionary Ron Chew joins the Portland Chinatown Museum in a virtual Community Roundtable to discuss his new book, My Unforgotten Seattle, with Amy Wang, Book editor for The Oregonian. In this deeply personal memoir, he documents the tight-knit community he remembers, describing small family shops, chop suey restaurants, and sewing factories now vanished.
Book LaunchHonor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans by E. Samantha ChengWith E. Samantha Cheng, Fang A. Wong, Frank R. Shirer, and Fred Lee November 7, 2020
A roundtable discussion of the newly released book, Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans, which highlights the experiences and contributions of Chinese American men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII, an era when anti-Chinese feelings and laws still existed. Featured speakers include: E. Samantha Cheng, journalist and documentarian; Fang A. Wong; Frank R. Shirer; and Fred Lee.