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Portland Cultural Tours

Portland is enriched by the combination of many cultures. The following guides will help you tour some of them:
African American Heritage & Culture African American Heritage & Culture
African Americans in Portland have made a sizeable contribution to the city’s development since the time of the pioneers. They literally kept the city — and the nation — running with their invaluable work in the railway industry and the World War II shipyards.


Chinese American Heritage & Culture Chinese American Heritage & Culture
“Four Seas, One Family” -- so reads the gateway to Portland’s Chinatown, commenting on diversity and unity in Portland’s Chinese community. Today, people with roots in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, among other regions, live in and around the Portland area.
Hispanic American Heritage & Culture Hispanic American Heritage & Culture
Hispanic, Latino or Chicano? People have individual preferences, but Hispanic is the all-inclusive term for people with origins in Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America and South America. Because Portland’s community includes those from more than 20 Spanish-speaking countries, Hispanic is the preferred term for this guide.
Japanese American Heritage & Culture Japanese American Heritage & Culture
Japanese-American heritage and culture contribute to Portland’s beauty. A calm and peaceful Japanese aesthetic enhances many public and private gardens throughout the city—slender purple irises, waterfalls, ponds filled with brightly marked koi and moss-covered rock gardens.
Native American Heritage & Culture Native American Heritage & Culture
The warm hospitality that Northwest Indians displayed to the Oregon Territory’s first white settlers is still evident in the outdoor salmon bakes held at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort on the Warm Springs Reservation and in the beautifully appointed lodgings at Spirit Mountain Casino and Resort, run by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Throughout the city of Portland there also exist many subtle reminders that before Oregon was a state – or even a U.S. territory – it belonged to the indigenous peoples of North America.