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Chinese Immigrants

Stories of Portland's Chinese Community

Hillyer tells various stories of Portland's Chinatown district. Hear Hillyer tell stories about the Chinese immigrants who came to Portland in the 19th Century, the various jobs they undertook all the while tolerating acrid, impenitent, racial discrimination. Listen to stories of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the significant role the organization played in helping to assimilate the Chinese into their new life in America. Hear about the famous Portland Chinatown gate and even a story about a strange parking lot in the heart of Chinatown.

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Newcomers From a Distant Land

Remembering Portland's Chinese immigrants

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The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

An advocacy for the Chinese commmunity

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A Hostile Environment

Anti-Chinese sentiment

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Portland's Chinatown Gate

Icon of enchantment or discrimination?

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The Meaning of Parking Lots

The mysterious history behind a Chinatown parking lot