Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West

Exploring the uncovered heritage of early Chinese American pioneers over a seven-day tour

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The weather is heating up here in John Day, Ore. on Day 3 of the Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West.

But stories about Chinese American history - in the form of herbal medicine bottles, steamship line calendars and an altar among other items - are filtering through the air – at least for one group. Tour participants from the Wing Luke Museum and USDA Forest Service trip visited the green-and-red Kam Wah Chung & Co. building.

They peered at what was around them. They snapped digital photographs. They listened as the docent gave an overview and details about the life of two Chinese pioneers in the American West.

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“America” headed east Tuesday with a group of Chinese American history buffs, ready to pursue stories more than a century old from the Oregon hills.

Actually, the country itself was not moving on the highway.

The name sat on top of the chartered blue bus that left the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and made its way east on Interstate 90, as the 2010 Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West - the moving part of it, that is - began.

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