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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, artwork, dishware, furniture, and more. Items start as low as 25 cents! Something for every age, taste, and budget! All proceeds benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.
Time for spring cleaning! Donate your Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar! The dates to donate to this year's rummage sale are March 1-14 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Call Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.
In honor of Min Yasui Day, we will walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to Portland Center Stage for a screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One), the recently completed documentary produced by Min's daughter, Holly, and for recognition of the 2018 winners for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest.
Exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol
Through a grant funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura produced groups of photographs in 2004 and 2009 documenting and honoring the veterans and families of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American U.S. Army unit during World War II. These images of the veterans, at home and with their families, reveal the dedication and patriotism of this incredible group of men. The photographs are on loan from the Oregon Nikkei Endowment Collection as part of the Art in the Governor's Office exhibition series. Please visit www.oregonlegislature.gov for more information.
Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.
Minidoka Center Field Project
The goal of the Center Field Project is to re-construct one of the baseball fields at Minidoka and its supporting structures, including scoreboard, backstop, player benches, and exhibit panels.
Baseball played a key role in sustaining the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942-45. Many camp residents—youth and adults, male and female—played baseball or softball on one of the many fields throughout the camp.
Field-In-A-Day is based on the 1952 Farm-In-A-Day event on property that was part of the historic Minidoka site. Approximately 1500 volunteers built a two bedroom home, dug irrigation canals, built corrals, and planted crops — all in a single day. On Saturday, May 28th, individuals and groups joined Friends of Minidoka and park staff in rebuilding one of the baseball fields that were interspersed among the 44 residential blocks.
Support the Minidoka Center Field Project by volunteering for Field-In-A-Day, making a donation, or purchasing a special commemorative baseball (a portion of sales supports the Center Field Project). The baseball ($10, case costs extra) is available for purchase at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
Lewis & Clark College What Does Justice Look Like? Series
Join us for a panel discussion with Peggy Nagae and Dale Minami, two law professional who have worked extensively with the Japanese American community. Peggy Nagae is recognized for her work as the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his WWII Japanese American incarceration case, Yasui v. United States. Dale Minami has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, including Korematsu v. United States. Visit www.lclark.edu to learn more.
How does the history of Portland's Japanese American community matter today? What impact does the Japanese American story have on current events? This moderated discussion will feature personal recollections of the Japanese American incarceration experience. Featuring Chisao Hata's "Tag Project" art installation. Visit www.lclark.edu to learn more.
The immigrant journey of the Japanese in Oregon is paved with stories of perseverance and courage. Gambatte Be Strong is the rallying cry for an original reading of the little known stories of the return of Japanese Americans to Oregon after their incarceration during WWII. Visit www.lclark.edu to learn more.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Celebrate the blooms and fragrances of Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lan Su's plant collection is filled with more than ninety specimen trees, rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature magnolia, orchid and camellia collections. Lan Su in Bloom is an in-depth look at plants with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
This exhibition examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.
Omiyage Holiday Museum Store
Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.
Enjoy traditional Japanese New Year's food (as well as items from the Pacific Northwest) prepared by our Nikkei community cooks, displayed in a three-tiered box (jubako), while supporting the Oregon Nikkei Endowment! The cost is $140 for the entire osechi ryori (or $110 if you provide your own jubako), $60 of which is tax-deductible. Deadline to order is Thursday, December 21st.
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project presents an all-day event for librarians, teachers, and the public. The morning will include film screening of the documentary film NEVER GIVE UP! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, speakers and discussion, and essay contest resources. The afternoon includes middle-school curriculum workshops for teachers and interested parties.
Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on the Oregon Coast. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
The trip includes a guided matsutake hunt in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday, and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).
Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Ota Tofu, Shiuko Sakai, and Carol Suzuki and Oregon State Representative Brian Clem.
The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is Simon Tam — author, musician, and activist.
Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, featuring a special print donated by Roger Shimomura.
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