I Create So It Cannot Be Erased

Sankar Raman
Sankar Raman / The Immigrant Story

Portland artist Roberta Wong is the daughter and granddaughter of Chinese immigrants. She grew up partly in Chinatown, itself a product of segregation. She spent her childhood developing close ties to her heritage. As she grew up, she experienced racism firsthand, as well as the decline of Chinatown and the cultural history that is maintained there. Through art and volunteerism, Roberta now seeks to combat the stereotypes and erasure that continue to harm the Asian-American community.

Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. Many thanks to the Japanese American Museum of Oregon for allowing us to record there. This episode is part of the I Am an American series, generously funded by Anne Naito-Campbell. For more episodes in the series, please visit our website. To learn more about the Oregon Rises Above Hate Coalition, please visit https://oregonrisesabovehate.com. Listen to our podcast monthly on Portland Radio Project, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.

This episode was produced by Stephanie Valance. Audio editing and post production was done by Todd Baize. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.

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Many Roads to Here is expanding. We’re looking for radio producers, especially those from immigrant communities and communities of color, to join our team. We’re all-volunteer for now, but we’ve got dreams. Please email mrh@theimmigrantstory.org for more information.

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  1. One foot note: Tuck Lung Grocery started 1930, the cafe added in 1962, operated as one business entity from 1962 – 1999 when the restaurant was sold. The grocery continued, but closed in 2001.
    Wonderful Team Work!
    Thank you, Stephanie! Your narrative wove a historical context that is appreciated, adding relevance to my interview. Your talent is subtle, but impactful!
    Thank you, Todd! Your fine-tuned ear creates the smoothest transitions across the landscape of sound!
    Thank you, Sankar! The Immigrant Story, with the pool of talent in its midst, is an oasis for our communities to be seen, to share, and more importantly, be valued.
    Thank you, Anne! The generosity you share creates opportunities for many to learn and grow. Your father would be proud!

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