Public tours of Chinese mining sites on the Malheur National Forest

By on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

JOHN DAY – (The following is a press release from the Malheur National Forest)

The Malheur National Forest and Oregon State Parks – Kam Wah Chung State Historical Site are partnering with the Oregon Historical Society to host a fieldtrip and public presentation on June 24th here in Grant County! Please see the links below for more information on the events and how to register.

Field Trip:

Evening public presentation:

Public Programs: Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ) on the Road —

Chinese Diaspora in Oregon

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.

Visit for a full list of scheduled events

Learn more about Louie Chung at this program on June 1

Figure 1. Two of Louie Chung’s children, Hazel (雷有蘭) on left and Edward (雷有亢 ) on right, pose for a photograph in their attire for the Chinese Baby contest at the Portland Rose Festival, 1916. Photo courtesy of the collection of Jack Lee and Hazel