Old Town/ Chinatown Tour
With Reiko Hillyer
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While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. Our Old Town/ Chinatown walking tour shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Topics covered by this tour include Portland’s first African American community, Japan Town, Chinatown and more. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the tour charts Portland’s urban development, and how these transformations created the city we know today.
Tour Guide Biography
Reiko Hillyer is a professor at Lewis & Clark College, where she teaches courses in African American history and urban history. A native New Yorker, Reiko is a former guide for Big Onion Walking Tours in New York City, and loves getting to know cities by understanding how to read their landscapes. She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her PhD from Columbia University.
“Through their social history tour of Chinatown, Know Your City is revealing the unacknowledged history of Portland, and by so doing, giving a voice to the oppressed populations that made the place what it is today. The tour experience made me appreciate the city as much more diverse and culturally varied than I had previously imagined.” – Savannah Barrett
“I came to the Old Town/ Chinatown tour with very little knowledge of Portland’s past. I now feel that, with Reiko’s clear, interesting and fun tour, I have a better sense of the city’s identity and history. I’ve already passed on some of what I learned about the city to others!” – Meghan Adamovic
“Our tour guide, Reiko Hillyer, was an incredible wealth of knowledge and an amazing storyteller. The insight I gained from participating in the Dill Pickle Club tour gave powerful new meaning to the streets and spaces that I thought I knew so well. Every Portlander should take this tour!” – Danielle Walter