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Chinese in Astoria

THE GARDEN OF SURGING WAVES Captures troubling past, hope for the future WORDS: LYNETTE RAE McADAMS • IMAGES: COLIN MURPHEY

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n the corner of 11th and Duane streets in Astoria, tucked tight to the breast of the downtown core, a splendid but enigmatic city park is speaking volumes of history while barely uttering a word. At once beautiful and strange, it beckons and beguiles its guests, compelling them to sit, stroll, and explore in this seemingly out-of-context space where past and present converge. Completed in 2014, a legacy gift from the city of Astoria and the first phase of a larger redevelopment plan for Heritage Square, the Garden of Surging Waves seeks to honor and memorialize the Chinese community’s contributions to the Columbia-Pacific — a part of the region’s history that, prior to this project, was largely unknown. At its opening ceremony, on a cold spring day eight years in the making, then-Mayor Willis Van Dusen, the Garden’s champion, stood before a sizable crowd of well-wishers and told the simple truth: “What we are doing here today is dedicating a beautiful park that tells a story,” he said. “It is the story of the American pioneers that came from China to make Astoria, and the Northwest, a better place to live.”

Our Coast Magazine 2018  
Our Coast Magazine 2018