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 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Holiday Museum Store
November 11-December 24, 2016
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday noon-5pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center


Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! This year, Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage, has been integrated into the gift shop space at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. 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, 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. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Vision and Vigilance Candlelight Vigil
with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland JACL, and Japanese Ancestral Society
Sunday, December 11, 4pm
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

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!

National Park Service Public Meeting
Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan
Wednesday, December 14, 6-8pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Thursday, December 15, 1:30-3:30pm
at the Hood River Library (502 State Street, Hood River)

The National Park Service announces the release of the General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Tule Lake Unit. Please join them at one of their Oregon meetings to share your thoughts about the plan. The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake. Visit parkplanning.nps.gov/TuleLakeGMP for more information.

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. Order online here.

More details will be available very soon. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to pre-order or if you are interested in volunteering:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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.

Minoru Yasui: Roots to Results
Teacher Workshop
December 10, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Join us for a workshop that explores the experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War II and the work of Minoru Yasui, an Oregonian who challenged the discriminatory laws of that time.

This workshop will be led by Sarah Segal, a Hood River middle school teacher who developed the curriculum and whose students advocated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Minoru Yasui. Curriculum materials aligned with Common Core Standards and primary source resources will be provided to attending teachers. PDU’s will be available.

This project is funded by a grant from the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Please RSVP by December 9 to Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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:

Lan SuLan Su Chinese Garden
Nine Free Days
December 3-11, 2016

Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, December 3, through Sunday, December 11. All food donated at this community event will benefit Oregon Food Bank. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.

Oregon Historical Society
Pearl Harbor Remembrance: Conflict Transformation across 75 Years
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
at Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland)
Free and open to the public

President Roosevelt's "day which will live in infamy" has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal moment in American history. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack, Obon Society and Oregon Historical Society will focus on the transformation that has occurred since December 7, 1941. The program will include an eye-witness account from one of the last surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor, and will examine the powerful trust and friendship that emerged between the people of the United States and the people of Japan and today's shared desire for peace and reconciliation. Learn more at www.ohs.org.

Past events:

Vision and VigilanceVision and Vigilance
Sunday, October 9, 10am-noon
at the Gerding Theater at the Armory

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7-9pm
at the Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River)

Join a panel of diverse community leaders who will engage participants in dialogue, reflection and inspiration in facilitated roundtables. The community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in civil and human rights to the work of Minoru Yasui. Vision and Vigilance addresses the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates for the needs of their communities.

Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

This September 24th marks the annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum again this year. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Omoide Project Workshop
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:00 PM
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free and open to the public, RSVP by September 10th

Please join us for a workshop around storytelling hosted by the Omoide Project, an all-volunteer outreach program operated through the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. Since 1991, the Omoide team has published five volumes of children's books featuring illustrated childhood recollections of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Based out of Seattle, core team members visit schools, provide teacher workshops, attend cultural events, and speak at a variety of other venues across the state of Washington. This program was presented in partnership with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Iwasaki Bros., Inc. and Jere Okada, featuring a performance by Portland Taiko.

Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, with Special Keynote Speaker The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation.


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