Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

GamanfestReclaiming Identity through Art & Activism
Exploring the Intergenerational Impact of Racism | Activating the Power of Heritage History | Igniting Social Change

Friday, May 11, 2018, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am-4pm
at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Auditorium & Student Union (705 N Killingsworth, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Gaman is the Japanese word for "perseverance" or "endurance." Inspired by the spirit of gaman and those Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in camps during World War II, this festival serves as a venue for the next generation of artists and activists within the Asian American community who use their heritage and culture as motivation for the work they create. Whether it's through music, spoken word, video performances, or visual art, visitors and guests together will explore the intergenerational impact of racism, the power of heritage history, and how to ignite social change. Gamanfest artists and activists will lead open discussions on community-fueled social change, cultural impacts to their identities, and what it means to be "othered" in today's society.

Gamanfest will kick off Friday night with a selection of film shorts from Hidden Histories by Chicago's Full Spectrum Features, followed by a reception with an '80s anime and J-pop themed session by DJ Cay Horiuchi. Saturday's lineup features Nobuko Miyamoto, founder of the community-based arts organization Great Leap; No-No Boy, a multimedia concert taking inspiration from WWII Japanese incarceration camp survivors and many other stories of Asian American experience; The Slants, a pan-Asian rock band that recently won a case at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding use of their band name; Portland Taiko and community bon odori.

The festival will also hold discussions on the impacts of racism and discrimination on one's heritage, art as activism, and the legacy of persisting through adversity. Scheduled participants include Joe Kye, Anna Vo, Ryan Nakano, Simon Tam, Chisao Hata, and more.

A resource lounge and youth activities will also be available for visitors to participate in. Food trucks will be available outside of the Moriarty Auditorium on Saturday. For artists who wish to showcase or sell art around their Asian American identity and activism, please fill out the Artist Alley form (Google account required).

Oregon Arts Commission Oregon Humanities Portland JACL Portland Community College

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2018Collections Up Close | 2018
Arts and Crafts Made in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps
Open to the public April 12 June 10, 2018

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Minidoka PilgrimageMinidoka Pilgrimage
Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8, 2018

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate "incarceration camp" near Twin Falls, Idaho. This summer, the 16th annual pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage officially begins in Twin Falls, Idaho, on the evening of July 5th for dinner. Friday, July 6, will feature a full day of educational programming for pilgrimage participants. On Saturday, the group tours the Minidoka National Park Site followed by small group discussions to learn and share memories of the incarceration experience. On Sunday morning, the pilgrimage concludes with a commemorative closing ceremony at Minidoka National Park Site.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Participation is limited, so sign up early. Learn more and register at www.minidokapilgrimage.org.

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

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.

Minidoka baseballBaseball 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
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's programs, which provide tangible reminders of the richness and vitality that ethnic minorities can bring to societies that hold sacred the rights of its citizens and regard as a blessing the diversity of its people.

Other Community Events
Please visit Discover Nikkei for more information about upcoming events in the area and around the world:

The Art of Jimmy Mirikitani

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Scholar's ArtsAsian Heritage Month
May 1 - 31, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Lan Su Chinese Garden hosts exciting cultural performances every Saturday and Sunday in May from local cultural organizations and dance troupes. Performances will include groups representing the cultures of India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Hawaii/Pacific Islands, Japan, and more. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto
February 16 - May 27, 2018
at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

This exhibition examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Architectural Heritage CenterSelling the Rose City
Selling the Rose City: Portland Souvenirs and the Imagery of Place
Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Part historical journey, part nostalgia, and part kitsch, Selling the Rose City presents material objects that for more than a century have promoted and celebrated Portland as a place. From hotel stationery to buttons, pocket mirrors to ashtrays, snow globes to games, this exhibit shows how items of all kinds have been used to "sell" the city and its architecture. Visit visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:

Film Screening
Presented by the National Park Service, Minidoka National Historic Site
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30pm
Epworth United Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Avenue, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Staff members of the Minidoka National Historic Site (National Park Service) will present an update about the site and a screening of a rough cut of the film that will be shown at the new visitors center at Minidoka.

Min Yasui Day March for Justice
Wednesday, March 28, 4-6pm
at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland)
Free, RSVP requested

In honor of Min Yasui Day, we will walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to Portland Center Stage for a screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One), the recently completed documentary produced by Min's daughter, Holly, and for recognition of the 2018 winners for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest.

Learn more about Min Yasui here. Please visit www.pcs.org for more information about the program at Portland Center Stage.

6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018, 10am-4pm
139 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland

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.

Osechi Ryori
Osechi RyoriWinter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $140 (or $110 if you provide your own jubako box)

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.

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