Race & Place: Old Town's Chinatown and Japantown through Chinese American and Nikkei Eyes

Chinese and Japanese American elders explore Old Town's multiethnic and multiracial past.

May 3, 2017 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

75 NW Couch St., Portland OR 97209

Old Town has been home to many of Portland’s immigrant and nonwhite communities since the city’s founding. 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 through 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 discussion between the panelists and the audience. Light refreshments will be served. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.

The event is in the KPC Community Room. Read more.

Event Sponsors

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Portland Chinatown Museum




Jennifer Fang at jennifer@portlandchinatown.org