Marking Southern Oregon's Chinese Heritage

Feb 24, 2016

Downtown Jacksonville, Oregon looks a lot like it did 100 years ago and beyond... like an Old West town.  But there's also a strain of Far East running through the town and the Rogue Valley in general. 

A Chinese New Year parade in Jacksonville.

Because the valley was home to large numbers of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century, mostly men who worked hard to send money home to their families, and were generally resented by white settlers. 

The Southern Oregon Historical Society commemorates the Chinese presence with its annual display at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford. 

Curator Amy Drake visits with details.