OAPABA Condemns Racially Motivated Assault in NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Recently, the media has been filled with reports of an unprovoked assault on Bao Vuong, a VietnameseQAmerican student, in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood of NE Portland. During the attack, racial slurs allegedly were directed toward Mr. Vuong by four young men who fled the scene before police arrived. Witnesses have provided accounts of the incident to police.

If verified, the incident provides a stark and disturbing reminder that even in a city as progressive as Portland blatant attacks based on racial intolerance do still occur. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association OAPABA) condemns all such racist behavior. OAPABA urges the Portland Police Department to complete its investigation of this incident in a timely manner and, if race is proven to have been a factor, encourages city and other community leaders to seize upon this unsettling incident as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding in our community.


OAPABA is an organization of lawyers, law students, judges and law professors.
OAPABA seeks to:

  • foster communication, fellowship and the exchange of ideas among Asian Pacific American attorneys and between Asian Pacific American attorneys and other individuals, organizations and governmental entities;
  • to implement, coordinate or support legal services impacting Asian Pacific American communities at the local and national levels;
  • to encourage, support, research and implement programs related to professional development and advancement; and
  • to represent and advocate the interests of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession, in legal education and in the community and to provide a vehicle and forum for formulating, adopting and expressing opinions and positions on matters or events of concern to Asian Pacific American attorneys in Oregon.

For more information on joining OAPABA, please contact Julia Markley at jmarkley@perkinscoie.com.