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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, honoring Jean Matsumoto and Yoshio & Sawako Oda, featuring Special Remarks by Governor Kate Brown.
Activities include a wine pull, dessert dash, and silent auction featuring memberships to Lan Su Garden and Portland Japanese Garden, gift certificates to local restaurants, an overnight stay at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, a $500 gift certificate to Mario's, and much more!
Please contact O.N.E. for sponsorship information or to register:
25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza
We are proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial! From 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday, August 2, Oregon Nikkei Endowment will honor all those who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the Japanese American Historical Plaza. The keynote speaker will be actor and activist George Takei, and music will be provided by the Minidoka Swing Band. This event is free and open to the public.
Following the public event will be a celebratory cruise on the Portland Spirit. Boarding will begin at 5:30, and the cruise will take place from 6-8:30 pm. George Takei will be the special guest for this celebratory cruise, and music will be provided by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.
Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and honoring all those who helped us reach this important milestone! Please contact O.N.E. for sponsorship information or to register:
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
Citizen Min Community Event
Portland actors will read excerpts from Citizen Min, a play about Oregonian civil rights activist Minoru Yasui who is most famous for his protest of the curfew imposed on Japanese Americans in Portland during WWII. Community leaders will discuss his impact on civil rights, immigration laws and national security, then and now. Citizen Min is authored by Holly Yasui, dramaturgy by Nikki Nojima Louis, direction by Chisao Hata. Free admission, donations welcome. Go to theatrediaspora.org for more information.
Kizuna is a phrase often repeated in Japan since the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Loosely translated as "the bonds between people," it says that we are all part of one family and need each other's help in order to survive both physically and emotionally. After the earthquake, everyone had to pull together to help each other get back on their feet. Nowhere was this more evident than in the remote pottery town of Mashiko, where potters' studios, kilns, and priceless works were destroyed. Since then, Mashiko potters have pulled together to rebuild their damaged kilns and regain the confidence to carry on their traditions. At the heart of the exhibition is the work of 11 contemporary potters from Mashiko. More information at japanesegarden.com.
Grand re-opening of the Gresham Japanese Garden - Tsuru Island! Featuring informative guided tours of Tsuru Island, bonsai, ikebana, taiko, tea ceremony, and more. Go to www.greshamsistercity.org/skosh for more information.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
July and August at Lan Su Chinese Garden is Suzhou Summer: Art in the Garden, where visitors can enjoy a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
Architectural Heritage Center
In Portland, the use of metal as a building material dates to the Victorian era, with the construction of new commercial and institutional buildings. Using examples from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation's collection of nearly 2,000 metal artifacts, this exhibit tells the story of the variety of metals found in late 19th - early 20th century Portland architecture. Guest curator Morgen Young of Alder, LLC explores the use of these metals, highlighting local producers. Most artifacts on display have never before been showcased publicly. Learn more at www.visitahc.org.
Oregon History Museum
In this exhibition, artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards and the experience of Japanese Americans. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
A Community on the Move
This original exhibition, created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Drawing on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands-on experiences, A Community on the Move illuminates Portland's vibrant black community of the 1940s and early 1950s, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both of the World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns; these propaganda posters, from the Mark Family Collection, are a sampling of poster art from World Wars I and II. Learn more at ohs.org.
Sakura Sakura Programs
Please join us at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as Dr. Toshio Inahara unveils his new autobiography: A Nisei, Right Place, Right Time.
Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and join us for a fun day of golf to support the Oregon Nikkei Endowment at the Strawberry Golf Tournament! Visit the Strawberry Golf Tournament site for more information.
3rd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, objects and furniture. Items start as low as 25 cents!
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