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Welcome Lily: An early gift to Portland for the winter holidays

Portlanders received a very special gift for whichever of the winter holidays they may observe. On November 30 at 2:17am, Rose-Tu, an 18-year-old Asian elephant in the Oregon Zoo’s illustrious herd, gave birth to her second calf, a 300-pound baby girl. "

Traditional Chinese medicine comes to Old Town Chinatown

Six years after initial discussions surfaced about an Old Town Chinatown location for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), the new campus is open for business.

OCOM’s campus at N.W. Naito Parkway and Couch Street — the site of the former Globe Hotel and Import Plaza — is the latest chapter of the area’s redevelopment. Additions and changes in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood include Bud Clark Commons, Mercy Corps Headquarters, the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building, Saturday Market, Portland Fire & Rescue Station #1, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, among others.

The new, state-of-the-art facility brings OCOM’s specialty in traditional Chinese healing arts to the heart of Portland. One of the oldest Chinese medicine colleges in the United States,

Chinese-American history takes flight in Flying Tigers
It’s a good thing you’ve got until October 28 to see Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945, an exhibit sponsored by the Northwest China Council, the Portland State University (PSU) Institute for Asian Studies, the PSU Department of History, and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and on display at the Multnomah County Central Library in the Collins Gallery, because this exhibit is packed with
The constancy of change: Namita Gupta Wiggers appointed director and chief curator at MoCC
I like the constancy of change," says Namita Gupta Wiggers, the newly appointed director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC). Curator at MoCC since 2004, and associated with the museum as a jeweler since 1999, Namita has clearly found
A new home for the Asian Family Center

The first clue that the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Center (AFC) open house was well-attended was the difficulty finding parking in the vicinity of 8040 N.E. Sandy Blvd. on a Friday afternoon in mid-May. I was running late, worried about missing opening remarks, when I suddenly realized that the presence of all those cars was a good thing.

With the help of AFC staff who were directing people to parking places — these folks think of everything — I made it to the center’s jam-packed community room right on time.

AFC board chair Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura and director Lee Po Cha welcomed guests to the new home of the Asian Family Center, which spent its first 18 years in a

Awards and scholarships bestowed at The Asian Reporter Foundation’s 14th annual banquet

The Asian Reporter Foundation’s 14th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet at Legin Restaurant was just getting under way with a social hour at 5:30pm when Encarnacion Arroyo arrived and stood inside the door, spotted dozens of people already mingling among a sea of tables, and declared the event, which would not conclude for well over three more hours, "Very successful."

Compassionate, strong, creative, enthusiastic, and fun: Rose Festival princess Rosie Mallet

I’m so excited to be a princess," Amirose "Rosie" Mallet, 17, Rose Festival princess representing St. Mary’s Academy, exclaimed on a lunch break from her job at a mattress store. Princess Rosie had just returned to Portland after a visit to Illinois Wesleyan University, where she will begin work on her Bachelor of Nursing degree in the fall. "I’m excited about life," she continued. "There’s so much ahead of me."

Princess Rosie has done more living already than some of us ever get to do. Born in Changzhou, China, she was adopted at nine months old. "I didn’t know how to swallow,"

Sakura Sunday celebrates spring, remembers history

Spring in Portland was welcomed by pink and white cherry blossoms along Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park last month. Members of the local Japanese-American community celebrated culture and commemorated history during Sakura Sunday, an afternoon exposition of Japanese-American heritage amid the blooming cherry trees along

Honoring those once forgotten but now found

January 19, 2005 doesn’t seem like long ago to Rebecca Liu. It was on that day, while Liu stood watching, that an archaeological dig on Multnomah County property adjacent to and formerly a part of Lone Fir Cemetery in southeast Portland uncovered the bones that she was sure were buried there. Liu was sure because she had discovered, in the basement

Bicycling brings families together at the Community Cycling Center’s 16th annual Holiday Bike Drive
It is a rare occurrence to see hundreds of people waiting excitedly in line at a hospital, but then again, the Community Cycling Center’s annual Holiday Bike Drive at Legacy Emanuel Hospital isn’t your typical event. On the morning of December 11, more than 400 children and their excited families lined up in the grand atrium of the hospital for the 16th annual event. With the help of donations from the community and area businesses, the local nonprofit Community Cycling Center was able to provide refurbished bicycles to children from low-income families in Multnomah County.
Fragile, vulnerable, resilient, forgiving: Body Worlds & the Brain at OMSI

Perhaps you were among the nearly 400,000 people who visited Body Worlds 3 at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in 2007, which Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of the science institution, describes as "the most well-attended exhibit we ever had." Or you may have heard about Body Worlds but weren’t able to make it. You might have read in awe about the process of plastination, or maybe you aren’t entirely comfortable with the idea of human bodies on display.

Whatever your relationship with and feelings about Body Worlds, you have until the

Oregon Zoo elephant Rose-Tu pregnant again

One of the Oregon Zoo’s Asian elephants, Rose-Tu, is pregnant, according to zoo officials. The 17-year-old pachyderm, which gave birth to Samudra in 2008, is expected to deliver another member of the zoo’s celebrated elephant family in late 2012.

Keepers believe conception occurred the last week of February, when they observed

Right at home: Hmong vendors of Portland Farmers Market
Portland Farmers Market is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and among the farmers who are the heart and soul of the market are five Hmong families. The Hmong, who come from the mountains of what most of us think of as Laos and Thailand, are a people without a country, but at Portland Farmers Market, they seem right at home.
Chef Surja’s Asian market tours help build confidence in the kitchen
To one unfamiliar with how to prepare Asian cuisine, Asian markets can be intimidating places. The outer edges of the shops are stocked with fruits and vegetables not typically found at a major supermarket. At the deli, dried fish and squid hang in long lines from a wooden rack while crawfish scuttle busily around the bottom of an adjacent fish tank. An uncertain shopper might seek refuge in one of the tall aisles, scanning the shelves of food.
You’re among family here
It’s been a chilly spring, but at The Asian Reporter Foundation’s 13th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet, held Friday, April 22 at Legin Restaurant, it was plenty warm. More than 400 members of Portland’s vibrant pan-Asian community gathered once more to honor elders, award scholarships to youth, and recognize community volunteers. Thirteen years this has been going on. How the time does fly.
Young breakdance crew brings down the house every week at Montavilla

It’s a miserably rainy Friday afternoon near the corner of N.E. Glisan Street and 82nd Avenue, but inside the Montavilla Community Center, where local teenagers have gathered for a breakdance meet-up, the atmosphere is upbeat.

Rose Festival princess J’reyesha Brannon: "A little different than a Disney princess"

Asked what makes her special — not an easy question for any of us to answer about ourselves — Cleveland High School Rose Festival princess J’reyesha "Jay" Brannon had the answer on the tip of her tongue: "My background, my interests, and the things I do aren’t typical. I haven’t met anyone like me ever."

Vegetables, volunteerism, and a story or two

Gingiber, garlic herb, spring chrysanthemum, bob rhubarb: To many of us these may be unfamiliar garden vegetables, but they sure sound worth getting to know. Henry Ueno may be known for his vegetables, but he also grows fruit trees and flowers, and his front yard, with its subtle, exquisite landscaping, is an oasis of tranquility.

Rose Festival princess Erica Wu: Our future

Kids are the future," says Portland Rose Festival princess, Asian Reporter Foundation 2011 scholar, and aspiring pediatric nurse Erica Wu. "It’s important to provide them with the best care."

It’s unfortunate children get sick, but it’s fortunate indeed that someone as smart,

Oya No Kai annual auction dazzles attendees with spectacle and heart

Being a child in Portland must be incredible. There are parks everywhere, a nickel arcade that doubles as a movie theater, and, for the more precocious youngster, there is the Richmond Japanese Immersion School.

Richmond began its Japanese immersion program in 1989 and has since gone on to win

Subashini Ganesan balances compassion and perfection in South Indian bharathanatyam dance

Subashini Ganesan calls out steps as students Aashna Maclennan and Nayantara Arora display feats of coordination impressive for children their age. When the girls’ arms begin to droop or shoulders begin to hunch, Ganesan, the teacher at southeast Portland’s Natya Leela Academy, is quick to correct.

"I have to stop you," she says, holding her arms to imitate a student’s sleepy posture. "This looks like a bird. And that’s lovely, but for this dance we need to make sure our arms are lifted and straight. Come!"

She commands in a tone that blends her compassion and desire for perfection,