PSU Students Produce History of Oregon's Chinese; Book Release Party May 23
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: May 16, 2007

PSU’s Ooligan Press, Portland State Senior Capstone students and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association will celebrate the release of Dreams of the West: A History of the Chinese in Oregon, 1850–1950.

Dreams of the West tells the inspiring story of Chinese who immigrated to Oregon for jobs throughout the region, from the mining camps of the Siskiyou Mountains to the canneries of Astoria. This provocative story of hardship and triumph is essential reading for those interested in the formative years of the American West as well as Chinese history and culture.

The event will include a discussion about the book and project, a “Lion Dance” by Lee’s Family Association and a performance by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s Culture and Dance School. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided by Wong’s King and the CCBA.
7–9 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Portland Classical Chinese Garden (Northwest Third and Everett, Portland, Ore.)
The event is free and open to the public, but attendees should RSVP and business attire is requested. Copies of the hardcover edition of the book will be available for $29.95.
For more information or to RSVP to the event, contact Dennis Stovall/Laura Howe at Ooligan Press, 503-725-9410 or
Published by PSU’s student-run press, Dreams of the West is the result of a Senior Capstone class partnership between PSU students, Professor Ann Fulton of the History department, and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The book was researched, written, edited and designed by Portland State students and includes nearly 100 maps and photographs.

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