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Centering Chinese History in Oregon

A Conversation about the Oregon Historical Quarterly’s Winter 2021 Special Issue, “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon”

The Winter 2021 “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon” special issue contributes to a growing body of work that documents early Chinese residents’ role in shaping Oregon’s development as a state and therefore makes significant changes in how we all understand the Oregon story.

The publication is the result of work by scholars and researchers working across academic disciplines, across the state, and even across the Pacific Ocean. This panel discussion includes both guest editors, each of whom authored or co-authored pieces in the special issue, as well as authors whose scholarship reveals the powerful ways that Chinese people shaped Grant County and Salem, particularly during the late nineteenth century. Each will give brief remarks about their projects, after which, we will open the floor to questions from the audience.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Hearing-impaired

Jennifer Fang is the Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement at Pittock Mansion and an adjunct professor at the University of Portland, where she teaches modern U.S. history and Asian American history. 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 served as associate curator of Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns, which was first exhibited at the Oregon Historical Society in 2016, and worked alongside Portland Chinatown elders and scholars to establish the Portland Chinatown Museum. Her article, “‘To Cultivate our Children to Be of East and West’: Contesting Ethnic Heritage Language in Suburban Chinese Schools,” was published in the Winter 2015 issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History. She currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. 

Jennifer Fang

Kimberli Fitzgerald has been a resident of Oregon for almost thirty years. She is an AICP Certified Planner and a registered professional archaeologist. Currently, she is the Historic Preservation Officer and City Archaeologist for the City of Salem, where she has worked since 2009. Fitzgerald is a co-author of the 2009 Images of America: Hillsboro, the 2011 Images of America: West Salem, and several articles published in the Alliance Review (published by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions) relating to historic preservation planning. In 2020, she was awarded the third place Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award by the Society for Historical Archaeology for her work with the community on the project that uncovered Salem’s Chinese funerary table within Salem’s Pioneer Cemetery and reinstated the Qingming celebration. 

Kimberli Fitzgerald

Don Hann has been working as an archaeologist for thirty years, with most of this time spent in the Malheur National Forest in the southern Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. He manages one of the largest federal cultural resource programs in Oregon, which includes over 6,000 documented archaeological and cultural sites. Hann has been a proponent of public archaeology for most of his career and has worked with volunteers from the Forest Service’s Passport In Time (PIT) program since 1994. His research interests include American Indian rock art, lithic technology, and the Chinese diaspora in Oregon.

Don Hann

Chelsea Rose is a historical archaeologist who focuses on the settlement and development of the American West. Rose is a principal investigator in the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP), which won the 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award and the 2020 Bureau of Land Management Heritage Heroes award. Rose regularly works with the media, students, and community volunteers in an effort to promote archaeological awareness and encourage historical stewardship. Rose has been featured in books and magazines promoting STEM education, and her recent publication, Chinese Diaspora Archaeology in North America, is available from the University Press at Florida. 

Chelsea Rose