Pints from the Past: Chop Suey for All

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Pints from the Past is proud to welcome Richard Engeman to our series with his presentation entitled: Chop Suey for All: Chinese cooks in Oregon. The talk covers the saga of Chinese immigrants from the 1850s to the present, illustrating how it was that many Chinese—men only, initially—cooked for a living, eventually opening “Chinese-American” restaurants. These restaurants helped promote family life, especially in smaller towns. Developed for the Oregon Historical Society by Richard Engeman.

Richard H. Engeman is a historian and archivist with wide research and writing experience in Pacific Northwest history. A graduate of Reed College, he also holds graduate degrees in librarianship from the University of Oregon and in history from the University of Washington. Engeman has specialized in working with historical photographs, maps, architectural plans and drawings, and paper ephemera, and his writing has appeared in a variety of publications, from Pacific Northwest Quarterly and the Oregon Historical Quarterly, to the online Oregon Encyclopedia. He is the author of The Oregon Companion: an Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious and the Arcane, and of Eating It Up in Eden: the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Cookbook, as well as an award-winning unit of the Oregon Historical Society’s online Oregon History Project, Wooden Beams and Railroad Ties: the History of Oregon’s Built Environment. In 2019, he was given a lifetime achievement award by the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild. Read more about Richard on his website:

Come on down and support a local business that serves delicious food and a wide variety of beverages while you enjoy free entertainment from our delightful presenter.  Doors open at 6:30 so you have time to choose a seat and order a meal. The presentation begins at 7:00! This program is offered by the Lake Oswego Public Library in cooperation with Clackamas County Historical Society and the Lake Theater & Café. Admission is free and no ticket is required. Doors open at 6:30, presentation begins at 7:00. The Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 North State Street in Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Carissa Barrett at sends e-mail) or 503-534-4237.

Lake Theater and Cafe
106 North State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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