Portland, February 7th, 2016. The Oregon Historical Society (OHS), in partnership with local dragon dance teams, hosted a mile long parade to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The parade started in Chinatown and finished at the Oregon Historical Society at 1200 SW Park Ave. One special attraction was 60-foot dragon that required 21 people to operate; it hadn’t been seen in public for at least 10 years. Oregon Historical Society is opening two new exhibitions including “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” and “Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns,” that will open February 29th. (photo credit, Andie Petkus)
“Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns,”
Coming up at the Oregon Historical Society from “Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns.” Using both rare and seldom seen objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate tells a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between China and the West, focusing on Portland’s Old (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950).
The Lan Su two-week celebration is popular with families and individuals and features lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, and more. The celebration ends with four nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and lively dragon processions.