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Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Presents An Evening with Kam Wah Chung

Erin Sutherland

Director of Community Relations Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM)

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Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) Presents “Preserving Chinese Culture in Oregon: An Evening with Kam Wah Chung” on Tuesday, June 8 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the University of Oregon White Stag Block (70 NW Couch Street). This event will kick off an OCOM lecture series at nearby Lan Su Chinese Garden, which will focus on the history of the Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site in John Day, Oregon.

The evening gathering 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 site's museum still contains artifacts, financial records, supplies and Chinese herbs.

OPB's Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung will be screened at the June 8 event. Guests will meet producer/director, Beth Harrington, Oregon Experience Executive Producer, Nadine Jelsing, and Kam Wah Chung curator, Christina Sweet, enjoy gourmet hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and view historic photos of the original museum. This event is free and open to the public.

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. OCOM students and faculty will be on hand to discuss this project.

Lectures at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett St.) will begin the following week; they are open to the public and included in the price of admission to the garden. Detailed information is available on www.ocom.edu/events.

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.

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