2022 - How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.
Join us at the new City Hall BOOKtique location for this fun, family-friendly event. Find three hidden fuzzy friends to win a sweet treat! No purchase necessary. 11am-2pm
Discover an inspiring picture book biography about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military. Join author Julie Leung as she reads her book aloud and answers audience questions.
Chinese brush artist Tim Loh will share his knowledge of the culture and technique of Chinese calligraphy. This one-hour workshop will be a combination of discussion, demonstration, and a simple hands-on art experience. Tim will supply materials for participants.
A panel discussion with LOSD students as they discuss themes relevant to How Much of These Hills Is Gold: the immigrant experience, gender identity and what it means to belong.
It’s show time at PS124, an elementary school in New York’s Chinatown, where students in the theater club are working on this season’s production of Frozen the Musical. Movie screening followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with filmmakers.
Join artists for a memorable evening as they explain the art they created after reading, How Much of These Hills Is Gold.
Join a group of other readers to exchange thoughts, opinions, and questions inspired by How Much of These Hills Is Gold . A free discussion led by LOPL librarian Chris Myers at Chuckie Pies restaurant.
The Orchids & Bamboo Chinese Music Ensemble will perform as part of the month-long Lake Oswego Reads program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Oak Room of the Lake Oswego Community Center, 505 G Avenue, Lake Oswego 97034.
In his book, Massacred for Gold, R. Gregory Nokes, tells of the experiences of the tens of thousands of Chinese who journeyed across the Pacific to mine gold and build railroads throughout the American West.
Ms. Burleton, Program Director of TransActive Gender Project at Lewis & Clark, will explore the intersections between transgender history in the 19th century and how that was impacted by nonbinary Chinese immigrants.
Dr. Mark Browne, Archivist and Board Director of Oswego Heritage Council, will explore the history of Chinese immigrants in the United States, Oregon and early Oswego.
Join historian Susanna Kuo on a walk in Old Town and George Rogers Park to learn about the Chinese workers who once lived and worked in Oswego.
Please join us on Monday April 11 for an evening of poetry, storytelling, and community dialogue. Our guest is poet, writer, and activist Serena Yang.
Building on his talk from 2021 about race-based power structures, Dr. Jack Miller will examine the role of race and racism in the political development of the American West.
Prof. Susan Glosser will examine Chinese restaurants as one strategy for finding a niche in the US, the chop suey craze of the early 20th century, cookbooks written for non-Chinese, and the international developments of the 20th century that changed white American’s perspectives on China and Chinese Americans.
Join us for another night of pandemic-friendly trivia. Look for a special category tied to LO Reads! Chris and Carissa will be your hosts on Thursday 4/14 @ 7:00!
Join a group of other readers to exchange thoughts, opinions, and questions inspired by How Much of These Hills Is Gold with LOPL librarian Todd Feinman at City Hall.
Dr. Jane Hunter will share Thomas Nast’s fascinating 19th century cartoons and also discuss the series of racialized immigration laws that began later in the century and ended by radically limiting immigration of all non-Nordic/Anglo people into the U.S. until 1965.
Dr. Scott Burns will lead us in a discussion of the incredible novel by C. Pam Zhang about gold mining. Oregon's gold mining history which is exciting and interesting and will be discussed in relation to the whole geology of Oregon.
Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world.
Join us on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., for the Mayor's Bike Ride - another awesome LO Reads event!
Mayor Joe Buck and friends will lead cyclists through Lake Oswego with stops at Iron Mountain Park to learn the about Oswego’s early history as a mining town. The ride will include a stop at a local restaurant with snacks provided by Lake Oswego Chinese Council. Plan two hours for this family friendly event.
Pre-registration and completed waiver required.
The Portland Chinatown Museum (PCM) is Oregon’s first museum about Chinese American history, art, and culture.
Join Chef Abbie Qi, Liping Jin and Emily Zou as they teach Mayor Joe Buck and Councilor, Daniel Nguyen to make Tiger Dumplings, in honor of the Chinese Year of the Tiger!
A Chinese medical clinic, general store, community center and residence, Kam Wah Chung gives you an incomparable glimpse into the past. This remarkable site, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the town of John Day, and includes a museum and a separate interpretive center.
In a lively talk that blends craft and personal elements, author C. Pam Zhang explores how research and living outside of America helped her break new ground in a genre often given over to tropes.
Celebrate the 16th annual Lake Oswego Reads with our traditional book giveaway!