A quick note, since many of you may have missed this (as did I) last night when it premiered:
Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung
In the late 1800s, thousands of Chinese miners came to Eastern Oregon in search of gold. Among them were two men - Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On - who opened a store and herbal apothecary called Kam Wah Chung. Though originally catering to their fellow Chinese, over time these two men attended to the medical needs of many, becoming highly regarded members of the community.
Premieres May 14, 2009, 9:00 PM on OPB TV
Happily for us, the program is available online or on DVD from OPB.
A reminder that an oral history interview with dentist Dr. Eddie Wah, great grandnephew of Ing “Doc” Hay, was collected by the OMEF-funded history of medicine in Oregon project; a transcript of that interview is available in the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives.