NPR correspondent to talk about pioneer Chinese immigrants Feb. 15

National Public Radio correspondent Tom Banse will talk about the struggles of repatriating the remains of pioneer Chinese immigrants in a lecture in the Meese Room of Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library on Feb. 15 at noon.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association as a run-up to their Feb. 16 Chinese New Year celebration in Jacksonville.

Attendants will hear about emptied graves, embezzlement, restless souls, and a collision between age-old traditions and inopportune civil war.

Based in Olympia, Wash., Banse has covered a wide variety of news across the Northwest for National Public Radio, with stories heard on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and locally on Jefferson Public Radio. His exploration of the Chinese immigration to the American West began with a chance donation to his network of long-lost archival documents.

For more information visit Hannon Library at (541) 552-6823 or visit


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