Lecture sponsored by Port of Portland
April 23, 2016 10 am – 12 pm
Center of Philanthropy, 221 NW 2nd Ave, Bamboo Room, Third Floor, Portland OR 97209
Light refreshments to follow lecture. FREE TO MEMBERS, $10 SUGGESTED DONATION FOR NONMEMBERS. REGISTER [CLICK HERE]
Chinese Americans in Oregon were extensively involved in aviation from the late nineteen-teens through the end of the Second World War. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, China founded a nascent republic that saw aviation as a key to a modern and secure nation, while across the ocean, Portland promoted itself as an aviation leader in the Northwest, built the Swan Island airport, and established aviation schools and factories. Portland’s Chinese community forged relationships between the Chinese military and Portland aviation schools, and founded a local school to train Chinese American pilots to serve in the Chinese Air Force. These young Chinese American aviators became heroes and heroines whose achievements were heralded in the local and national press.
About the speaker: Dr. Ann Wetherell, Willamette University, curated the 2013 exhibit, Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945, which was held at the Multnomah County Library. She is currently on Northwest China Council’s Executive Committee.