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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Art in the Open
Art in the Open is a two day outdoor performance arts festival in Old Town Chinatown, featuring outdoor performances that engage the local residents and draw people in from all over the city. Performing artists will be scheduled at different locations throughout the district in front of businesses and on a main stage in the heart of Old Town on 3rd & Davis for performances on Saturday evening. Audiences will experience a wide variety of performances and actively engage in art. Vist pdxoldtown.org for more information.
American Obon will trace the development of bon odori in North America through archival photographs, audio, and rare video footage on loan from the Iwanaga family, dance scholar Linda Akiyama, and Buddhist Churches of America. In addition, the obon tradition in Portland will be highlighted with photographs from Oregon Nikkei Endowment's Frank C. Hirahara Collection. Curated by Dr. Wynn Kiyama (Portland State University and Portland Taiko), this exhibit will be the first of its kind in North America. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.
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).
More information will be available soon. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to sign up:
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 Hate Crimes Forum
Oregon's Coalition Against Hate Crime, with the support of the Department of Justice's Community Relations Service, is presenting this forum to help educate our community on the impact and appropriate responses to hate crime. Community members are invited to participate and spend some time visiting the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Download these flyers to learn more.
Willamette Heritage Center
Traveling from the Go For Broke National Education Center, Courage and Compassion chronicles the story of the Japanese American experience during World War II and tells local stories of bravery and tolerance from the Willamette Valley. This interactive exhibit features images and audio of firsthand accounts, including interviews of Japanese American soldiers from the Go for Broke oral history collection. Go to www.willametteheritage.org to learn more.
Featuring tea ceremony, origami, calligraphy, arts, crafts, food carts, and more. Visit www.greshamsistercity.org for more information.
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
The memorial event will honor the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, highlight the current state of nuclear weapons, and provide opportunities for those present to get more involved and to take action for a world liberated from the dangers of nuclear weapons. Featuring human rights activist and writer Polo Catalani as emcee and musical performance by Portland Taiko. Immediately following the event, University of Oregon Portland campus is hosting a nuclear weapons-themed art exhibition and butoh dance performance led by artist and performer Yukiyo Kawano. Visit www.oregonpsr.org for more information.
Portland Japanese Garden
The Kabuki stage provides exciting entertainment with music and dance performed by famous actors, who were the wildly popular celebrities of their day. Their brilliantly hand-painted and lavishly embroidered silk costumes exploded on stage in a riot of color. This summer brings a new direction to the Art in the Garden series when the Portland Japanese Garden explores Japan's most flamboyant and fanciful performance art through elaborate costumes in the exhibition Kabuki: A Revolution in Color and Design. Learn more at japanesegarden.org.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Enjoy a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, and music. Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province, is famous for its beautiful gardens. Considered a "paradise on earth," Suzhou was China's most sophisticated metropolis from the 14th to the 19th centuries and was a city full of art and beauty. Lan Su Chinese Garden honors that history with this celebration of Chinese art and music. Learn more at www.lansugarden.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.
Obon Dance Workshop
To celebrate the opening of the new exhibition American Obon.
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.
Race and Place: Old Town's Chinatown and Japantown Through Chinese American and Nikkei Eyes
Chinese and Japanese American community elders will share their stories about growing up, living, and working in adjoining quarters called New Chinatown and Japantown between the 1920s-1960, in what is now known as Old Town Chinatown. The variety of perspectives offered by the elders will shed light on the ways that the neighborhood's Chinese American and Nikkei communities diverged and intersected with each other at different moments. The elders' dialogue will be followed by an open and lively discussion between panelists and audience.
Race and Place, a series of public talks to explore Old Town's multiethnic past, is organized by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation in collaboration with the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The series is sponsored by the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Visit www.portlandchinatown.org to learn more.
5th 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.
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