Race and Place: Old Town’s Chinatown and Japantown Through Chinese American and Nikkei Eyes
KPC Community Room
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Free to the public
Light refreshments will be served
Old Town has been home to many of Portland’s immigrant and non-white communities since the city’s founding. On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 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.
Race and Place, a series of public conversations exploring Old Town’s multiracial and multiethnic past, is organized by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation in collaboration with the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The series is sponsored by OCOM.