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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Enjoy free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, calligraphy, and much more! Performers include UNIT SOUZOU, Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, Takohachi, Fujinami-Kai, Alton Takiyama-Chung, and Portland Taiko. Please visit mochipdx.org for more information.
Both heartbreaking and inspirational, Before Memories Fade gives voice to a family's story that was at risk of being lost forever. Using first-hand materials and community recollections, our all-volunteer exhibit committee has been able to walk in the footsteps of Kenjiro and Kay Kida and their son George. While the branch of the Kida family ended when George passed away in 1998, the memory of this family continues to be carried in the hearts of their friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us on their journey from immigration, through World War II, to the end of a century. Along the way, find out how the road that led us to the Kidas intersects not just one Japanese American family but the American experience itself.
2015 Day of Remembrance/Nisei Appreciation Luncheon
The U.S. government told them to pack up, sell their businesses and get ready to leave their homes. They did. The same government classified the men as enemy aliens but asked them to leave their loved ones behind the barbed wire and volunteer to fight. They did. Their story forms an exceptional part of what we have labeled The Greatest Generation. They are the Nisei.
For the 2015 Day of Remembrance, Portland JACL and the Japanese Ancestral Society are co‐sponsoring a Nisei Appreciation Luncheon to honor this generation of Japanese Americans and thank them for their contributions to the community and to the United States. Contact Portland JACL for more information or to register.
4th Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
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! Check back for more information.
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
Willamette University Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2015
Join nationally-recognized artist Roger Shimomura as he surveys his career over a forty year period. Shimomura will discuss how his paintings, prints, and experimental theater pieces have been propelled by his experience in the Japanese American incarceration camps; racism faced post-WWII as well as his own physical environment that has been constantly filled with his collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to WWII stereotypes of Asian people. This event also features Lawson Fusao Inada, former Oregon Poet Laureate, whose poetry is featured at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
Learn more about Willamette University's MLK Celebration programming at www.willamette.edu.
Guides will be stationed throughout the Japanese Garden to speak about the Garden's history, culture, and traditions. Details are available at japanesegarden.com.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank [born 1929] hid with her family in an attic in Amsterdam, writing daily in her diary. She did not survive the war and died of typhus in a concentration camp. Anne Frank: A History for Today depicts Anne Frank's brief life story, abundantly illustrated with family photos and passages from her diary. A small exhibit of pastel drawings by the painter Henk Pander, called Hiding, will also be on view. These rarely displayed works depict Pander's childhood in Haarlem, barely ten miles from Anne Frank's hiding place. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.
Oregon History 101
One hundred years ago women in Oregon faced many challenges and debated gendered questions that have powerful echoes in our own day. Oregon women shaped powerful reform movements and forged new civic roles including the achievement of the vote, office holding, and jury service for women, public health and civic betterment movements, and labor reforms battling corporate interests, regulating workplaces, and making education more accessible to women. Many women of color, wage-earning, and Socialist women challenged privileged structures of whiteness and the capitalist state. Oregon women's activism during this period is a vital part of our state's history and the history of the Progressive Era in the nation. Go to www.mcmenamins.com to learn more.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 19 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. "Rolling in the Wealth" is followed by a lion dance performance, and much more! Every guest visiting on February 19 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
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 $130 for the entire osechi ryori (or $100 if you provide your own jubako), of which $60 is tax-deductible.
Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans, designers and authors. Omiyage will feature jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books by local authors 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. Visit downtownportland.org for more information about the PDX Pop-Up Shop Project.
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Making its Portland debut, the new documentary Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the government emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. Hidden Legacy is the first-ever major presentation of traditional music, dance, and drama in camps, and the remarkable roles played by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms.
This special, one-time-only event will include a short musical concert by master koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong and Lita Kazuho Buttolph, a Japanese classical dance performance by the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, followed by a screening of Hidden Legacy. This event is co-sponsored by Productions by Hirahara. Learn more about Hidden Legacy at jcalegacy.com.
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