The Portland Chinatown History Foundation has participated in many events and projects related to Portland and Chinese culture and history.
Portland Chinatown History Museum
We are currently in the process of raising funds to see the Portland Chinatown History Museum, which would illuminate the history and culture of Portland’s Old Town district and the Chinese American families who lived there, become a reality.
A ten-night reprise of Rose Bond’s animated history of the 1883 Mariner Home and Seamen’s Bethel at NW 3rd and Davis (what is now the new Society Hotel) seen and heard from the street below.
The Chinese Elders Book Project
Engaging several dozen Chinatown families in the collection of oral histories and documents, and volunteer researchers in census and city directory data entry aimed at the historical reconstruction of Old and New Chinatown.
Growing Up in Chinatown
A seven panel exhibition drawing upon the oral histories and photographs of Chinatown’s residents, housed in the lobby of the New Market Theatre Lobby, 123 SW Ash from 2014- 2015.
Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns
Under the direction of Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis as curator, and with the assistance of Carey Wong, designer, Jennifer Fang, associate curator, the PCHF board, and other community members, we designed, curated and wrote the text for this blockbuster, 3,000-square-foot exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibit broke OHS visitation records during its run from February 29 to June 21, 2015.
In February 2016, PCHF acquired ownership of the 100 foot long Chinese dragon belonging to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and used in past decades for the Chinese New Year dragon dance. It had not been danced for many years, but PCHF organized the dance’s revival to celebrate the opening of the Beyond the Gate in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society, the CCBA, and Portland’s four Lion Dance teams. As custodian of the dragon, PCHF will be repeating the dance on an annual basis.