Bias crimes targeting communities of color were up a shocking amount last year. According to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community went up 300% in 2021. One of the ways the state is responding is with the non-emergency bias crimes hotline.
In recent years, a growing number of public libraries have been building entire collections of unconventional items: Libraries of Things. One of the first of its kind in the U.S. got its start in Hillsboro, Oregon, where the local library offers kitchenware, musical instruments, board games and more.
With an immersive show opening later this week, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is proving that despite its name, Southern Oregon’s well-regarded repertory arts group is innovating in ways well beyond the theater tradition of the English Bard.
In many Asian cultures, the tiger represents strength. A new music festival Sunday evening at Fernhill Park called Tiger Tiger highlights the creativity and strength of Portland’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.