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5.27.2010

come together home screening, may 31


For those of you in Portland, Ivy Lin's historical documentary Come Together Home will be screening Monday, May 31 at The History Pub at The Kennedy School. The film tells the story Lone Fir Cemetary, the first Chinese burial ground in Portland, and the extraordinary journey of the remains from the United States to Hong Kong. Take a look at the trailer:



And here are some more details on the screening:

"Come Together Home"
A documentary by Ivy Lin

Death. Disinterment. Reburial.

Discover the remains of early Chinese immigrants, and their extraordinary final journey from Portland to Hong Kong.

May 31st, Monday, 7pm
The History Pub at The Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR
*presentation prior to screening; Q&A after the screening
**free admission, suggested donation of can goods for Oregon Food Bank.

Block 14 in Lone Fir Cemetery, the first Chinese burial ground in Portland—and site of as many as 1,500 burials—now stands as a fenced off void of gravel after most of the remains were exhumed and shipped back to China in 1928 & 1949.

Sixty years later, Director Ivy Lin follows the footsteps of the missing 1949 shipment in an extraordinary journey from Portland to Hong Kong.
I haven't seen the film, but it sounds like it tells a fascinating slice of Portland's Chinese American history. For more information about Monday's screening, go to the Kennedy School Theater website here.