Lecture     Series: Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project

May 1887: What Happened?

Free and open to the public
Thursday, July 25, 2019
6PM – 8PM

  • Free
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Canyon City Community Center
123 Washington Street
Canyon City, Oregon 97820
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Researchers, TeachersLocation: Canyon City

In May 1887, residents in Lewiston, Idaho, recovered parts of 34 Chinese bodies that had drifted down the Snake River. Later investigations showed that seven horse thieves from the Enterprise area in Oregon had murdered those Chinese gold miners at Deep Creek Cove on the Snake River. Much has been written on the subject by using exhaustive public and private local data. This presentation will add contemporary perspectives of Chinese in several American cities, including John Day, while tracking a century-long investigation, reporting on a trip to the village where the victims came from, and putting the murder in a wider historical context for discussion.

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Dr. Chuimei Ho was born in Hong Kong. She received her BA from the University of Hong Kong in 1977 and her Ph.D., in art history and archaeology, from the University of London in 1984. She came to the United States in 1987 and was adjunct curator at the Field Museum for a number of years. In 2001, she became a founder and first president of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Then, in 2008, she founded the Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee (CINARC) with Bennet Bronson. Together they have co-authored Coming Home in Gold Brocade, Chinese in Early Northwest America in 2014 and Three Chinese Temples in California – Weaverville, Oroville, Marysville in 2016. Currently they are working on a volume to document Chinese temples and shrines built in North America before 1920.

Dr. Chuimei Ho

Dr. Bennet Bronson was born in Connecticut and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He was Curator of Asian Archaeology and Ethnology at Chicago’s Field Museum from 1971 to 2008. He specializes in the economic and social evolution of human cultures in eastern Asia, with special reference to early technology and trade. He has been involved for a number of years in a program of archaeological and ethnographic work in China, Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Sri Lanka, combined with research on the Asian collections of the Field Museum. His publications include Pearls, co-authored with several researchers at the Natural History Museums in New York, and Splendors of the Forbidden City with Chuimei Ho. He is a co-founder of CINARC, and the webmaster of its website, www.cinarc.org.

Dr. Bennet Bronson

About the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project is a collaborative multi-agency partnership dedicated to research and education on Oregon's early Chinese population. The project is currently working on sites from across the state, within investigations focusing on Chinese railroad workers associated with the Oregon and California Railroad and its early attempts to cross the Siskiyou mountains (1883-1884), gold mining in the Blue Mountains (1860-1910), and rural Chinese communities. The archaeological field school, public volunteer opportunities, and outreach events planned for the summer of 2019 make the project and its findings accessible to Oregonians with an interest in the underrepresented history of our state.

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