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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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!
Hole-in-one wins a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4 X 4, sponsored by Dick's Auto Group. There will also be cash prizes for tournament winners and some great raffle prizes, including golfing at Pumpkin Ridge.
Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Download the sponsorship form here. To register or for more information, visit the Strawberry Golf Tournament site at strawberrygolf.golfreg.com, or contact O.N.E.:
Congressional Gold Medal Tour
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2011 to Nisei World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments will travel to seven cities across the country beginning in January 2013. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has partnered with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the National Veterans Network to share the inspiring story of these men who fought with bravery and valor on the battlefields of Europe and Asia, even while many of their family members were held in American incarceration camps back in the U.S. At the conclusion of the tour, the Congressional Gold Medal will be on permanent display in "The Price of Freedom" exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
The medal will be accompanied by an educational package with an iPad application, social-learning website and curriculum developed by the National Veterans Network in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Centered on the character values associated with Japanese American veterans—courage, respect, humility, perseverance, compassion and citizenship—these materials will provide users with a constantly growing, social-learning community.
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
Registration is now open for the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage in Idaho. The Minidoka Pilgrimage provides an opportunity to share memories, ask questions, and learn more about the Minidoka experience. Scheduled activities:
Go to www.minidokapilgrimage.org to learn more.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
April and May will feature four of China's most auspicious and culturally significant plants: rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and magnolias. Take in the sight and scents of special floral arrangements, guided garden plant tours and talks from plant experts. In addition, visitors will be able to tour Lan Su on their own with plant guides for each of the four-featured plants. Go to lansugarden.org to learn more.
Free Lectures from PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Featuring rakugo (storytelling), kyogen (comic theater), nihon buyo (classical dance), shimai (noh dance), and taiko (group drumming). Go to pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.
This exhibition, on loan from the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, will feature 22 works by acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi amid the setting of the most authentic Japanese garden in North America. The works in the exhibition date from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s, spanning the artist's long career in sculpture and design. Stone and metal sculptures will be exhibited, along with ink drawings on paper and Akari paper lanterns. Four large-scale stone sculptures will be installed outdoors, surrounded by the traditional Japanese garden styles that were among the global influences on Noguchi's work. Go to japanesegarden.com to learn more.
World Beat Festival
Oregon's largest multicultural celebration - 30,000 attendees, 125 performances, 100 exhibitors and vendors, 65 nations and cultures, 1 world. Taste ethnic foods, listen to music and discussion, see performances from Africa, Asia and Europe; and have your children explore the kids' activity tents and collect passport stamps. This year's Festival focus is the culture of Japan. The Salem Multicultural Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the cultural diversity in our community. Go to www.worldbeatfestival.org to learn more.
Oregon Jewish Museum
Settling In examines the experience and acculturation of immigrants to Oregon through the lens of Jewish experience. The exhibit focuses on two groups: Eastern European and Russian Jewish immigrants who were "Americanized" through the Neighborhood House, the settlement house founded in South Portland in 1905, and later immigrants served through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). The struggles and triumphs of the early 20th century immigrants are compared with challenges and achievements of a contemporary and diverse group of immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. Through their compelling and sometimes astonishing stories, the exhibit highlights the old and new realities of the immigrant experience. This exhibition is supported by Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation, and Wells Fargo. Go to www.ojm.org to learn more.
Beaverton International Celebration
Music, crafts, traditional dress, food and more! The Beaverton International Celebration is a free family-friendly event showcasing many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more. Go to beavertonoregon.gov to learn more.
Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Something for every age, taste, and budget! Choose from an eclectic array of Japanese collectibles, objects, and furniture. Items from 25¢. All proceeds benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Coming Home Programs:
When Heroes Weren't Welcome Home
When a group of World War II war heroes returned to their hometown, storeowners refused to serve them. Community leaders had removed their names from a local war memorial and proposed a Constitutional amendment to deny them of their citizenship. The racist hometown homecoming of these Japanese American veterans gained national notoriety. Linda Tamura's talk, based on her book Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence, highlights events of the past and present. Tamura is a professor of education at Willamette University and is the author of The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon's Hood River Valley.
From Fact to Fiction: Rare Accounts of the Japanese American WWII Experience
Join New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris for a unique presentation on various aspects of the Nisei WWII experience. Her discussion will feature revelations made from her in-depth research and shocking historical accounts that inspired her critically acclaimed novel Bridge of Scarlet Leaves. Other topics will include cultural and historical education through storytelling, weaving true and personal accounts into fiction, and the wartime courtship letters that first inspired her literary career.
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
In this presentation, University of San Francisco professor Brian Komei Dempster will speak to the critical importance of storytelling for Japanese Americans and the power of writing to document, empower, and heal. A Sansei (third-generation Japanese American), Dempster will share his experiences of designing community-based writing workshops for and collaboratively working with a group of mostly Nisei Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during World War II in America's concentration camps. Dempster will show how the two anthologies that emerged are vital tools towards realization of the project's primary goal: to get other Japanese Americans to tell their own stories.
What Happened to Portland's Japantown? Place, Community and Identity in the Stories of Coming Home
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Local scholar and public historian Jacqueline Peterson Loomis, the Curator of Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965 and Nisei narrators, will provide an overview and discussion of the process by which the exhibit's content, primary themes, and design elements were identified and developed. The process involved an extended dialogue and collaboration with community advisors, nine Nisei narrators, and with a team of local artists and media professionals. The narrators' stories and accompanying photographs and objects frame a larger historical narrative and conversation about immigration, ethnic and national identities, race and racism in America, and loss and recovery.
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