Memory and Public Space Unconference: Asian American Photographers on Memory and Place

August 31, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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As Chinatowns in the United States dwindle and face erasure, the work of Asian American photographers have always helped protect traditional and unconventional monuments of our cultural heritage. Sometimes their work serves as a powerful reminder of what we have lost and other times their photography actually saves what might have been erased. A panel of photographers will present their work and offer personal descriptions to show the complex roles of memory and monument in their art. Maurice Berger once wrote that Dean Wong’s photographs “remind us that despite the stubborn, stereotypical view of Chinatowns as places of vibrant exoticism, they continue to serve an important social function as gateways and homes to new immigrants, as guardians of art, history and heritage, and as refuge from discrimination.

Presented by Portland Chinatown Museum.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

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