Chinese Frontier Herbalist (Crossing East)




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Published on Oct 28, 2007

Frontier Herbalist Doc Hay and his business partner and friend Lung On ran the Kam Wah Chung store and medical practice in the small Eastern Oregon town of John Day from shortly after the Gold Rush into the 1950's. Unlike in other parts of the country where lynching and massacres of Chinese immigrants were the norm, these two men were respected members of the community and are still remembered fondly by John Day residents.

This flash movie was created as part of the Crossing East Asian American history series which won the 2006 Peabody award and ran on 230 public radio stations. For more info go to crossingeast.org. The audio originally aired on NPR's Day To Day.

Credits: Clark Salisbury and Dmae Roberts


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