OCOM will present Preserving Chinese Culture in Oregon: An Evening with Kam Wah Chung on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the University of Oregon White Stag Block event room. This event will kick off a seminar series at Lan Su Garden focusing on the history of the Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site in John Day, Oregon.
These events will highlight the contributions of Chinese businessman Lung On and Chinese herbal doctor Ing “Doc” Hay who operated Kam Wah Chung from 1887 – 1940. Built in 1876 as a trading post, On and Hay transformed Kam Wah Chung into a social, medical and religious center for Oregon’s Chinese community. The museum still contains artifacts, financial records, supplies and Chinese herbs left behind by On and Hay.
OCOM staff, faculty and students are currently helping the museum translate, contextualize and catalog the herbs and records left behind by On and Hay, beginning with herbal pharmacy records and prescription notes from the 1918 flu epidemic.
Guests of the June 8 event will screen OPB’s Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung, meet producer/director, Beth Harrington and Oregon Experience Executive Producer, Nadine Jelsing, view historic photos of the original museum, meet Kam Wah Chung curator, Christina Sweet, and enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The event is free and open to the public.
Lectures at Lan Su Chinese Garden will begin the following week; they are open to the public and included in the price of admission to the garden. Topics and dates are:
The History and Artifacts of Kam Wah Chung, June 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Kam Wah Chung curator Christina Sweet will relay a brief history and the cultural significance of this former trading post for the Chinese community in eastern Oregon.
Interpreting the Medicine of Kam Wah Chung, June 22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
OCOM students and staff member, Beth Howlett, will talk about their experience identifying and analyzing Ing “Doc” Hay’s herbal pharmacy.
The Making of Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung, June 29, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Beth Harrington, freelance filmmaker, talks about her approach to making Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung.
The June 8 event is sponsored by Beam Development, McInnis Financial and Portland Chinese Times. OCOM also received event support from University of Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site and Lan Su Chinese Garden.
Detailed information is available on www.ocom.edu/events. Photos of Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site are provided upon request. RSVP to attend this event by completing our online registration form.
Photos courtesy of Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site.