Race and Place: A Series of Public Conversations, 5/2017

Oregon Historical Society, OrHi 59674

Photograph by Frank Hirahara, courtesy of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Race and Place: A Series of Public Conversations

Part Two: Old Town’s Chinatown and Japantown Through Chinese American and Nikkei Eyes

The Portland Chinatown History Foundation is pleased to be collaborating with the Oregon Nikkei endowment on a series of free dialogues about Old Town’s multiethnic past, sponsored by the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Race and Place is funded by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

Each evening, four Chinese and Japanese American community elders will share their stories about growing up, living, and working in adjoining quarters called New Chinatown and Japantown between the 1920s-1960, in what is now known as Old Town Chinatown. The variety of perspectives offered by the elders will shed light on the ways that the neighborhood’s Chinese American and Nikkei communities diverged and intersected with each other at different moments. The elders’ dialogue will be followed by an open and lively discussion between panelists and audience.

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.