oregon rises above hate
Oregon Rises Above Hate is the result of a coming together of AAPI community leaders who want to defeat anti-Asian hate through targeted government action, broad educational programs, and by harnessing the power of the entire AAPI community and all Oregonians statewide.
Bill Naito played a pivotal role in the rise of Downtown Portland. He helped spur economic development, coined the term “Old Town” and has a major arterial, formerly known as Front Avenue, named in his honor. Naito, who died in 1996, was also a staunch advocate of public transit. He was among the supporters of developing the Portland Transit Mall and adding light rail to TriMet’s transportation network. Naito joins a prestigious group of people of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent, who are honored with a special TriMet bus that is serving riders throughout the community. His image joins those of linguist, Lung On, activist Khanh Pham and artist, Valerie Otani, all whose contributions helped frame the experience of people of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent in Oregon and opened the eyes of others. Otani’s work brought vibrancy to three different locations along the MAX light rail system, including the Torrii Gates at the Expo Center, on the MAX Yellow Line.