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

Public Programs

Virtual Community Roundtables

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.

AAPI Black Solidarity Mural

With 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.

My Unforgotten Seattle

Author 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.

Asian Americans and the Vote

With 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 Count

With 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.


Book Launch
Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans by E. Samantha Cheng

With 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.

The Flying Tigers: Chinese Americans in the Pacific During World War II, Part 2

With Laura Sue and Raymond Douglas Chong
August 8, 2020

This roundtable provides an intimate look at the life and service of Dr. Julius Sue and his early experience in Portland's Chinatown with his family, his service in WWII as a group surgeon with the Flying Tigers, and his subsequent career as a medical services provider to veterans and immigrants in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

The Flying Tigers: Chinese Americans in the Pacific During World War II, Part 1

With Ruth Lee and Fay Lee
July 25, 2020

Siblings Ruth and Fay Lee share stories of their father, Pak Lee's military career and experience as an aircraft mechanic with the Flying Tigers, and their family’s legacy of multi-generational links between China and the United States.

Black Lives Matter in 21st Century America: What Asian Americans Can Do

With the Hon. Charlotte B. Rutherford
July 11, 2020

This facilitated discussion about civil rights history in Portland, and how Asian American communities can support the Black Lives Matter movement features the Honorable Charlotte B. Rutherford, a third generation Portlander, a respected Portland activist, former civil rights attorney, and retired administrative law judge. Her parents were key members of the Portland chapter of the NAACP. In the 1950s, Otto G. Rutherford and Verdell Burdine helped pass the 1953 Oregon Civil Rights Bill.

Portland's Historical African American Communities

With Professor Darrell Millner
June 27, 2020

Retired Portland State University Professor Darrell Millner discusses the development and displacement of Portland’s several historic African American communities beginning with the first successful business community in Old Town to current efforts to revitalize and sustain what remains of the Albina District in Northeast Portland.

Understanding Why “All Lives Matter” Is the Wrong Response to Black Lives Matter

With Chendara Patrick, Paul Tseng, Gloria Lee, and Tracy Quan
June 13, 2020

This discussion centers around the editorial issued by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance that "All Lives Matter” is not an adequate response by Asian Americans to the Black Lives Matter movement. Panelists included members of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and Portland Chinatown Museum.

COVID-19 and the Anti-Asian Targeting

With Dr. Patrick Lee, Carolyn Lee, and Jairaj Singh
May 30, 2020

This roundtable discusses the rise of anti-Asian/Asian American sentiment and rhetoric both locally and nationally, as well as strategies for how to respond, and featured panel speakers working directly with Portland’s Asian American communities: Dr. Patrick Lee, Oregon Health & Science University; Carolyn Lee, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, Portland Parks & Recreation; Jairaj Singh, Community Outreach Manager, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).

Asian Americans PBS Series Discussion

With Bertha Saiget, Norman Locke, Carey Wong, Horatio Law, Linda Doler, Tracy Quan, Myron Lee, and Patrick Lee
May 23, 2020

The Portland Chinatown Museum community comes together for a lively discussion and response to the powerful new PBS five-part documentary film series, ASIAN AMERICANS.