Race and Place
Race and Place were two public talks exploring Old Town’s multiethnic and multiracial past, organized by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation in collaboration with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Funded by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

Old Town's Chinatown and Japantown, Part 2

May 3, 2017 | The second installment in this series brought together Chinese and Japanese American community elders to share their experiences as residents and workers in Old Town during the World War II era. Their community experiences converge in the stories of discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion by white America, but diverge in the 1940s and 1950s from the impact of America’s war with Japan.

Old Town's Chinatown and Japantown, Part 1

March 22, 2017 | What is now known as Old Town Chinatown has been home to many of Portland’s immigrant and non-white communities since the city’s founding. This event brought together Chinese and Japanese American community elders to share their stories about growing up, living, and working in New Chinatown and Japantown between the 1920s-1960s.