Chinese American Portland

Connect with the city's historic and vital Chinese American community.

From 1880 to 1910 Portland’s Chinatown was second in size only to San Francisco’s. Today, the growing Chinese population is spread throughout the city, as are a variety of Chinese-owned businesses, Chinese schools and activities.

  • The gateway to Portland's Chinatown district depicts 136 mythical creatures.

    Chinese American history

    By the 1900s, Portland had the second largest Chinatown on the West Coast, and 12 percent of the entire city’s population was Chinese.

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  • The annual Rose Festival features Dragon Boat Races on the Willamette River.

    Chinese American events

    Around the New Year (usually in late January or early February), there are lots of activities organized by various local Chinese organizations.

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  • Lan Su Chinese Garden welcomes the Chinese New Year with a month-long celebration.

    Chinese American culture

    Portland's historic Old Town Chinatown district is the symbolic heart of the earliest Chinese community in the greater Portland area.

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  • The Lan Su Chinese Garden offers tranquil garden paths and a cozy tea house.

    Lan Su Chinese Garden

    An authentic Ming Dynasty style garden built by Suzhou artisans, the Lan Su Chinese Garden takes up an entire block of the city's historic Chinatown district, and offers a peaceful escape from city life.

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