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Upcoming Activities for 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 free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, calligraphy, and much more! Please visit mochipdx.org for more information.
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 Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice; copies of documents related to Yasui’s legal case; unpublished writings by Yasui himself and others; and a bibliography, filmography, and list of websites containing extensive information about Min Yasui.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.
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.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
The Rohingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape, and other forms of violence. 300,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes since August. Join OMCHE to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis, and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU, will briefly review the history of genocide. 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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