The Wing Hong Hai Company Store (永同泰) in The Dalles played an important role in the maintenance of Oregon’s Chinese diaspora communities. It was one of many transnational establishments that did so much more than sell goods and services to community members who were navigating the waters of Chinese exclusion. From 1894 until 1913, Lee Yuen Hong (李元享) and his partners were the proprietors of the store, which was associated with the Yuen Hai Laundry located next door. This open house will include a display of objects relating to the store and is hosted by the current building owners Jacqueline Y. Cheung and Eric Gleason, who are renovating the store and researching the lives of early members of the Chinese community in The Dalles. This program is part of the OHQ on the Road series, with upcoming programs inspired by the Winter 2021 “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon” special issue.
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Jacqueline Y. Cheung is an archaeologist with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked for over thirty years in the Pacific Northwest on archaeological surveys and excavations, as well as laboratory analysis, historic research, and report writing. She has worked for private contractors and the National Park Service at locations including Fort Vancouver, Mount Rainier, Lava Beds, and John Day Fossil Beds.
Eric Gleason is a field archaeologist working for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. He attended Mt. Hood Community College and earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. His research and personal interests include the integration of historic preservation and community development, public and community archaeology, the intersection of archaeological method and theory, old crumbling buildings including the Wing Hong Hai Company Store, and old rusty cars, particularly those powered by steam.
About OHQ on the Road
OHQ on the Road brings scholars, authors, and knowledge-holders to connect with communities across Oregon to share insights from the scholarship produced in OHS’s journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ). Since 1900, the Quarterly has published well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for both scholars and general readers, amplifying the knowledge and perspectives that traditional scholarship has often silenced while sparking relevant conversations about history.
In summer 2022, OHQ on the Road will feature programs inspired by the Winter 2021 “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon” special issue. In this issue, authors contribute to a growing body of work that documents early Chinese residents’ role in shaping Oregon’s development as well as reclaims their place in the history of the state. These programs are presented in partnership with the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP), a multi-agency partnership that has been excavating sites across the state to better understand and share the history of Oregon’s early Chinese residents. With a focus on rural communities, remote mining camps, and railroad construction, this collaborative project has provided important insight into the Chinese experience and role in the settlement and development of Oregon.