Black and white image of Chinese cook in Albany Hotel, Located on Lyon & 2nd in Albany, Oregon.

Special Lecture at Tualatin Historical Society– September 7

Join us for a special lecture titled, “Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon” presented by local historian Richard Engeman. This talk is a joint event hosted by Washington County Museum and the Tualatin Historical Society as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2016 Chinese Oregon Speakers Series. Please note, this lecture will take place at the Tualatin Historical Society at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7.

About the Lecture
Chinese restaurants were common in Oregon towns and cities beginning in the late nineteenth century. Usually advertising both Chinese and American dishes, they catered to the basic needs of single working men as well as to diners who were attracted by the exotic and the foreign. The restaurants’ familial operations helped anchor immigrants who often were otherwise isolates from other Chinese Americans. Chinese cooks also worked in private homes, and recipes for Chinese food appear in local cookbooks.

About the Speaker
Richard Engman is an archivist and Pacific Northwest historian. His publications include the online history of Oregon’s build environment, Wooden Beams and Railroad Ties, The Oregon Companion, and Eating it Up in Eden. He is the principal of Oregon Rediviva LLC, which does historical research and consulting.

Lecture Details
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Tualatin Historical Society: 8700 SW Sweek Drive
Cost: Free and open to the public.

This program is made possible by the Oregon Historical Society, which hosted two exhibits on Chinese history in the United States and Oregon earlier this year. Visit for more information.