Centering Chinese People in Oregon’s Early History

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Jennifer Fang as she examines pioneers and trailblazers in Oregon and challenges us to rethink our ideas around these terms. Fang will share with us the history of Oregon’s earliest Chinese immigrants and how these individuals shaped the foundations of Oregon as a state.

Jennifer Fang is the Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement at Pittock Mansion and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Portland. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Delaware with a specialization in race and immigration during the Cold War. She was a founding staff member of the Portland Chinatown Museum and served as the Director of Education at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. Along with Chelsea Rose, she guest co-edited of the Winter 2021 special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly about Oregon’s early Chinese diaspora.

This program is free and open to the public. ASL interpreting will be provided.*

* This program is made possible by a grant from the Richard & Helen Phillips Charitable Fund.

Image: Hung Liu (American, born China 1948-2021), A Question of Hu (detail), 1991, oil on canvas and wood, glass, jade, and cloisonné, 60 x 60 x 12 inches, Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, © Hung Liu Estate/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

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