In this Issue:
Curiosity or Cure?: Chinese Medicine and American Orientalism in Progressive Era California and Oregon
by Tamara Venit Shelton
Despite improved medicine and surgery techniques used by traditional doctors during the Progressive Era, many patients — particularly women —were drawn to “irregular” doctors. During the late 1890s, the American Medical Association launched an aggressive campaign against non-traditional doctors, finding in Chinese doctors and herbalists useful targets due to American Orientalist presumptions of racial inferiority. Drawing on advertisements, business cards, and promotional material produced by irregular doctors in California and Oregon, historian Tamara Venit Shelton argues that Chinese doctors and herbalists capitalized on their perceived exoticism and appropriated anti-Chinese stereotypes to forge ties with Euro-American and non-Chinese neighbors and patients — a devil’s bargain, as Chinese doctors limited themselves to the margins of American medicine.
Portland’s “Refugee from Occupied Hollywood”: Andries Deinum and his Center for the Moving Image
by Heather O. Petrocelli
In 1958, Dutch émigré Andries Deinum held the Portland, Oregon’s, first college course dedicated to film, “The Art of Film,” through the Portland Extension Center (associated with Portland State College). Deinum’s arrival in Portland was an important moment, as historian Heather O. Petrocelli describes through rich oral histories and Deinum’s personal and professional correspondence. He spent nearly three decades as an instructor and mentor to students who came through his Center for the Moving Image (CMI), Oregon’s first college film program and an interdisciplinary center that taught students about the power of the moving image and about how to both to read and write in the language of film. Deinum’s Center for the Moving Image was a foundational institution in Oregon’s filmmaking community and influenced a generation of students who continue to be vital to Portland’s active cinematic landscape today.
Following the Roots of Oregon Wine
by Rachael Cristine Woody and Rich Schmidt
Terrior is a French term widely used in wine circles to mean “the taste of the place.” The terroir of Oregon wine combines environmental and human elements to produce distinguishing flavors and reveals the histories of grape growers and winemakers in the state. A new archive at Linfield College, the Oregon Wine History Archive (OWHA), collects that history and makes it available to researchers and the public. Library professionals Rachael Cristine Woody and Rich Schmidt tell the story of OWHA’s origins and mission, which is to document all aspects of the wine industry by collecting and preserving historical materials such as photographs, diaries, planting and tasting notes, wine recipes, legislative records, and even bottles of wine. Over a dozen wineries, vineyards, individuals, and organizations have contributed to the collection —many of the area’s winemakers are committed to ongoing contributions to document Oregon wine’s past, present, and future terrior.
Project Dayshoot30: An Oregon Self-Portrait for the Digital Age
by Brian Burk
On July 15, 1983, ninety-two photographers captured images of Oregon between midnight and midnight for a venture named Project Dayshoot. The Oregon Historical Society invited the organizers of Project Dayshoot to create an exhibition for the society’s gallery, which evolved into a book titled One Average Day. Thirty years later, on the anniversary of the original Project Dayshoot, aspiring documentarian and graduate student Brian Burk organized Project Dayshoot30. This photo essay is a small slice of over 3,000 images gathered from 153 invited participants — including 33 of the original photographers — illustrating the vast diverseness of the state and that there is no single story of a day in Oregon life.
Russell Lee in the Northwest: Documenting Japanese American Farm Labor Camps in Oregon and Idaho
by Morgen Young
During the summer of 1942, photographer Russell Lee captured nearly 350 images of Japanese Americans working in farm labor camps in Idaho and Oregon. Lee worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1936 until 1943 and produced more than 5,000 images in that seven year span. Through Lee’s FSA photographs and her own recent oral history interviews, independent historian Morgen Young narrates the lives of some of those workers. Many more of Lee’s photographs will be on display alongside quotes from Young’s interviews in September 2014 through an exhibit sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.
Remembering Chinese in Hells Canyon and the Pacific Northwest
by R. Gregory Nokes
In 1887 as many as thirty-four Chinese gold miners were killed on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon — a massacre long forgotten. In June 2012, author R. Gregory Nokes and a group of 135 individuals travelled to the site to dedicate the Hells Canyon memorial. Nokes details the dedication ceremony and the efforts of a citizens group to create an exhibit at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History to honor those victims and Chinese history, placing both memorialization efforts within the context of growing — and long overdue — public recognition of the significance of Chinese in regional history.