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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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.
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.
Concert of Remembrance
Cascadia Composers presents this concert to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which uprooted American citizens of Japanese descent all over the western United States and incarcerated them in camps during World War II. This event will feature new musical compositions, as well as photographs by New Mexico photographer (and camp documenter) Joan Myers, poetry reading by former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada, and a video by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Visit ohs.org for more information.
Race and Place: Old Town's Multiethnic Past
Old Town has been home to many of Portland's immigrant and non-white communities since the city's founding. On Wednesday, March 22, four Chinese and Japanese American community elders will share their stories about growing up, living, and working together in this multiethnic neighborhood between the 1920s-1960, before Old Town was "Old." The elders' dialogue will be followed by a robust discussion session with the 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.
In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the second annual Minoru Yasui Day, this program offers stories of those who stood against the incarceration and the racism faced by many Japanese Americans after the WWII. George Nakata grew up in Portland's Nihonmachi and was incarcerated at Minidoka as a child. Linda Tamura will highlight some of the Hood River residents who supported their Japanese American neighbors in the face of aggressive discrimination they faced after the war. Visit www.mcmenamins.com for more information.
Yellow Terror is a rare opportunity to view Roger Shimomura's artwork alongside his extensive collection of memorabilia and objects depicting racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans, recently donated to the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. In his signature Pop Art style, Shimomura's paintings uncover and challenge the role of the media and material culture to define the American norm while establishing the perpetual Other. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.
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
Traveling Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society
120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated during World War II. This traveling exhibit highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants. This exhibition will feature personal letters and proclamations from Oregonians to Governor Sprague in 1941 and '42, advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans; Governor Sprague's responses to these letters, revealing his changing position under political and social pressure; and blueprints of potential "Assembly Center" and "Relocation Camp" locations. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
Near and Far: A 2017 Series of Exhibitions
The woodblock prints of the "Master of NIWA" - Takahashi Rikio - are paired with the work of Portland artists Laura Bender and John Early in this first of a series of exhibitions drawing from The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints and the work of local artists.
Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998) used abstraction to explore forms found in gardens and nature. His woodblock prints, some reaching over three feet in height and some the size of a note card, evoke an atmosphere of stillness and balance and have a sense of timelessness. Laura Bender and John Early are partners in Site Painters, founded in 1982 to design and produce site-specific artworks for public places. Laura's prints and paintings are lyrical abstractions with a sculptural edge and John's current drawing-based work is fueled by his interest in fire as the primal element of generation.
For the March 24 Friday opening, music will be provided by Larry Tyrrell of Moonbridge on the shakuhashi. For more information and to RSVP, please go to the Facebook event page.
Architectural Heritage Center
The commercial district near the famous Skidmore Fountain and the oldest standing buildings in downtown comprise this fascinating tour of Portland's only National Landmark Historic District. This tour features the work of Portland's earliest architects, the history of how cast iron played a central role in their designs, and great examples of historic preservation. Go to visitahc.org to learn more.
PSU Center for Japanese Studies
This lecture looks into a pre-World-War-II development of Japanese ("Oriental") Studies at institutions of higher education in the western United States. Rather than with the United States government as the benefactor, this early and forgotten phase of Japanese studies unfolded under the initiative and financial support of the Japanese government. Dr. Azuma's talk will offer some case studies of this neglected historical development with a focus on first Oriental/Japanese Studies courses and positions at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Occidental College, and University of Southern California. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.
Salem Multicultural Institute
Translated literally as a "thing to wear," the kimono is so much more. Explore the art and craftsmanship of the iconic Japanese garment and learn the secrets of kitsuke. View the program calendar at salemmulticultural.org.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden's plant collection is filled with more than ninety specimen trees, rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature magnolia, orchid and camellia collections. Lan Su in Bloom is an in-depth look at plants with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Take in the sights and scents of special floral arranging demonstrations, guided garden plant tours, and talks from plant and garden experts. 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.
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.
Vision and Vigilance Candlelight Vigil
Co-Sponsors: ACLU of Oregon, Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Augustana Lutheran Church, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Familias en Accion, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Jewish Voice for Peace - PDX, Know Your City, Latino Health Coalition, Living Earth, Muslim Educational Trust, Muslim Education Center, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Chinatown History Foundation, Portland Taiko, Unit Souzou, Vanport Mosaic, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Western States Center, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland, World Arts Foundation, Inc.
In response to the suggestion that Japanese American incarceration camps are a precedent for the creation of a Muslim registry and in response to the divisive rhetoric and rise in incidents of hate across the country, we invite everyone to join us in taking an unequivocal stand for compassion and justice for all people.
From a community that knows well the danger when fear and prejudice prevail, we stand in solidarity with targeted communities and invite everyone to join in a show of unity and support at this event that will feature diverse community voices, closed with a candlelight vigil.
With a vision united by hope, and vigilance to stand against bigotry, we will strengthen our resolve and commitment to hold our country and our elected officials accountable to uphold our civil rights, civil liberties, and the ideals that our country is founded on. Never Again!
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