East Portland may be some distance from downtown policy-makers and business leaders – but from 82nd Avenue on up to “the 100s” a new community has emerged as a home to at least 82 languages, to all five of our major religious traditions, and to all of the unrestrained optimism our city and nation of immigrants has always aspired to.
Join us for an afternoon bus tour to meet some of the New American personalities, the immigrant & refugee organizations, businesses, and the high school teachers, that are today making all that optimism, civility, and unabashed ambition, possible.
10.30AM – 11.30AM
Building business and building community
At Fubon Mall, Oregon’s largest Asian shopping center, located on the energetic corners of SE 82nd and Division Streets, we’ll meet and eat with an iconic SE Asian Portland elder and entrepreneur, to hear his family’s story and his community’s resettlement history.
11.45AM – 12.45PM
Family self-sufficiency and community integrity
At the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), we’ll discuss successive waves of Asian, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, East European, Pacific island, Mexican and Latin American communities that have made Portland a bigger and better Us. We’ll talk about why families come here, and where our City’s going.
1PM – 3PM
Portland’s next generation
Kids at David Douglas High School always proudly point up at their cafeteria’s 77 national flags. We are just as proud of them, and give all the credit for their success to their patient and persistent teachers. At David Douglas we’ll be treated to traditional dance by students from Congo, Thailand, Burma and Bhutan, hear students stories and view a slideshow about the school’s innovate ESL program. Additionally, there will be traditional food and art for sale by students.
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