The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene was created in 2006 to spotlight Asian American and Pacific Islander stories in Oregon. This weekend, the festival returns with a roster of new independent films, all celebrating AAPI experiences.
East and Southeast Asian communities are beginning celebrations for Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit or Year of the Cat, depending. Many events kick off this weekend in the greater Portland metro area — and beyond.
A new project to memorialize the 125,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII will include soil from 75 former internment sites including one in Portland. Chisao Hata joined OPB to talk about the legacy of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest and her participation in the Irei monument project.
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.
We visit a Lunar New Year celebration in Portland’s historic Chinatown and learn about Oregon’s Chinese American roots. We check in with our EarthFix reporting team for the latest environmental stories. And we hear about the online activity of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers.