On Saturday, celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with free community performances, activities and admission to Portland cultural institutions. Cultural Heritage Immersion Day is hosted by Oregon Rises Above Hate and honors our Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, its resilience and commit to combating anti-Asian hate.
Everyone is invited to partake in free admission to local cultural institutions and free activities throughout the day.
Cultural Heritage Immersion Day
Cultural Heritage Immersion Day is Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Old Town district of Portland. Multiple businesses and attractions are partaking in the celebration. You’ll watch community performances and speeches from local leaders, explore local AANHPI culture, history and organizations, and eat tradition meals and snacks from food carts at the festival.
Community performances and speeches are held at Flanders Festival Street on NW Flanders between 3rd and 4th Ave.
Community performances include Kylee Kamikawa, Lee’s Association Lion Dance, Leela Indian Dance, Obukan Judo, Portland Taiko, Rose City Island Dance, Teva Oriata and Tsubaki Buyo Doukoukai.
Starting at 11 a.m., speeches by community leaders and elected officials are held, including:
- Metro Councilor Duncan Hwang
- Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal
- Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
- ORAH organizer and philanthropist Anne Naito-Campbell
- The Pacific Islander Community Coordinator for Immigrant & Refugee Community Lute Richards
- Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann
Cultural heritage institutions are open with free admission (see organizations and hours below).
Food carts and tables featuring AANHPI organizations are set up at the festival streets on Flanders and Davis streets.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is hosting performances by Ka Lei Hai’a O Ka Lokelani, Takohachi Taiko and Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is hosting a vigil in honor of the victims of AANHPI hate crimes. The event features Michael Looking Wolf’s land blessing, Fear No Music’s concert, Chinese calligraphy demonstration and floating lantern release at dusk.
Portland cultural institutions are offering free admission and activities on May 14.
Japanese American Museum of Oregon
411 NW Flanders St.
Free admission from 12-6 p.m.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 Northwest Everett St.
Free admission is available 2- 9 p.m. Here are activities happening at the garden:
- 2 p.m. Takohachi
- 3 p.m. Ka Lei Hali’a O Ka Lokelani
- 4 p.m. Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe
- 6-9 p.m. Vigil and lantern release in honor of the victims of AANHPI hate crimes.
Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW Third Ave.
Free admission from 12-6 p.m.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis St.
Free admission from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
75 NW Couch St.
Free community clinic from 1-5 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave.
Free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, visit Oregon Rises Above Hate’s website.