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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! This holiday season, Oregon Nikkei Endowment's gift shop, Omiyage, has been expanded at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. 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.
Proceeds from Omiyage sales will support our local vendors and the programs, exhibits, and mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:
Only the Oaks Remain tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Rare artifacts such as photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners—who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and extradited Japanese Peruvians—to life. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.
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.
Pickup this year is Sunday, December 31, from 1:30-2:00pm at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland). Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to pre-order or if you are interested in volunteering:
Minoru Yasui Day Essay Contest
On March 28, 1942, Min Yasui challenged discriminatory military orders that led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and their imprisonment in camps. He was found guilty at the District Court of Oregon and spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 1943, ruled against him. In spite of the great injustices that he, his family and community endured, Minoru Yasui continued for the rest of his life to defend the democratic ideals upon which our country was founded, and the human and civil rights of all people.
All Oregon middle and high school students are eligible to enter the essay contest and all Oregon public libraries are can receive resource materials — access to the film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice; copies of documents related to Yasui’s legal case; unpublished writings by Yasui himself and others; and a bibliography, filmography, and list of websites containing extensive information about Min Yasui.
The Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and Oregon Nikkei Endowment encourage public libraries and schools in Oregon to screen the film, as well as sponsor or participate in teacher workshops and study groups to help students to prepare for the essay contest.
For complete contest rules see: www.minoruyasuitribute.org/essaycontest
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
Portland State University
This year is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. As a child, artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. His colorful images, which reference Pop art and Japanese woodblock prints, often skewer stereotypes of Asian Americans. Go to www.pdx.edu to learn more.
In the Wake of Pearl Harbor
Artist Valerie Otani will discuss "Voices of Remembrance," her sculpture at the Portland Expo Center commemorating the 1942 incarceration of Japanese Americans. There will also be a screening of Conscience and the Constitution, a documentary by Frank Abe about resistance to the incarceration program during World War II. Go to www.pdx.edu to learn more.
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
An exploration of the only Japanese American Segregation Center of World War II, this haunting exhibition probes the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. Ruled under martial law, Tule Lake was the most controversial of all the Camps. Visit www.tamastslikt.org to learn more.
Portland Japanese Garden
Hand-carved Noh masks by Ohtsuki Kokun and elegant brocade costumes from traditional silk looms bring the elusive world of Noh drama to Portland in the exhibition Mirrors of the Mind: The Noh Masks of Ohtsuki Kokun. The exhibition is highlighted by performances by Living National Treasure Noh actor Kawamura Haruhisa during the opening days of the exhibition. A demonstration of Noh mask carving will be presented by Mr. Ohtsuki, who will also be present for exhibition's opening days. Learn more at japanesegarden.org.
Architectural Heritage Center
Minor White (1908 – 1976) was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. Originally from Minnesota, White’s professional career as a photographer began in Portland. Between 1938 – 1942 White was commissioned to document what amounted to the end of an era for some of the city's most important early architecture. Parting Shots will bring greater focus and attention to White's career in Portland, while also presenting through physical artifacts, the fine workmanship and materials employed by 19th-century architects and builders. Go to visitahc.org to learn more.
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.
Return & Remembrance
Seventy-five years ago, on May 6, 1942, Japantown in Portland was empty of Japanese Americans by military decree. Families were uprooted, property sold, and local businesses closed. Those of Japanese ancestry residing in the local area upended their lives and moved into the former animal stalls of the Pacific International Livestock and Exposition Center. Four months later they joined 120,000 other Japanese Americans in ten hastily erected concentration camps across the United States.
Please join us as we return to the site of the Portland Assembly Center to honor those who were unjustly forced out of their homes and businesses, driven away by wartime hysteria and racism. Listen to the stories of Japanese Americans who were there in 1942 and how they came together despite great hardship.
Program will include the following: Emcee David Ono, news anchor for KABC-TV Channel 7 in Los Angeles; Keynote speaker Dale Minami, civil rights lawyer and lead attorney for Fred Korematsu's coram nobis legal team; performances by Unit Souzou and Minidoka Swing Band; exhibit Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration, created by Graham Street Productions; George Nakata, former internee with stories of life as a young boy at the Portland Assembly Center; Chisao Hata'sTag Project; Weston Koyama, a fourth generation Japanese American and the first Minoru Yasui Fellow at the University of Oregon School of Law.
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