The Untold Story: Chinese American History in Oregon
The Chinese American population that began immigrating to Oregon during the mid-nineteenth century made, and continues to make, a profound impact on the fabric of our state and our nation. From building infrastructure through the railroad and mining industries, to establishing restaurants and laundry businesses, to initiating advancements in pharmaceutical care, the stories of Chinese Americans are rich and reach all borders of the state.
Over the next several months, the Oregon Historical Society will sponsor over thirty programs at local historical societies and libraries across Oregon, where audiences will have the opportunity to learn about some of the many ways Chinese Americans have shaped our state. One of these programs, by Helen Ying, is being hosted by the North Lincoln County Historical Museum on Saturday, March 26th at 1 pm, NLCHM Museum, 4907 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City.
Ying’s program takes audiences down the historical lane of the Pendleton Chinese community, including the history of the underground city, where people retreated to escape discrimination. Rediscovered after being unnoticed for many years, the story includes legal and illegal businesses that operated for over 100 years. Ying spent three decades as an educator in Portland and has served on many civic and community boards and committees related to education and Chinese communities. Learning from the past, educating the present, and informing the future is the motto that drives her passion.
Admission to the museum, located at 4907 SW Hwy 101, is free and parking is available across the street. For more information contact Anne Hall, 541-996-6698. This program is made possible by the Oregon Historical Society as part of their Chinese Oregon Speaker Series.