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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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).
Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 26. View the informational flyer here. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to register:
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project presents an all-day event for librarians, teachers, and the public. The morning will include film screening of the documentary film NEVER GIVE UP! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, speakers and discussion, and essay contest resources. The afternoon includes middle-school curriculum workshops for teachers and interested parties.
Stipends will be available for librarians and teachers who attend the afternoon portion. The Project is financed by a grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund with support from Oregon Nikkei Endowment and the Japanese Ancestral Society. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:
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 State University
This year is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. As a child, artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. His colorful images, which reference Pop art and Japanese woodblock prints, often skewer stereotypes of Asian Americans. Go to www.pdx.edu to learn more.
Grand Encounter: A Poetry Reading with Jazz Accompaniment
Former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada reads his poetry, accompanied by PSU Jazz faculty Darrell Grant on piano. Reception follows in the Broadway Gallery. Go to www.pdx.edu to learn more.
In the Wake of Pearl Harbor
Artist Valerie Otani will discuss "Voices of Remembrance," her sculpture at the Portland Expo Center commemorating the 1942 incarceration of Japanese Americans. There will also be a screening of Conscience and the Constitution, a documentary by Frank Abe about resistance to the incarceration program during World War II. Go to www.pdx.edu to learn more.
Walter Cultural Arts Center
Architecture of Internment is a deeply moving and celebrated exhibition which tells the story of how individuals, organizations, businesses, and elected officials advocated for the incarceration of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry or stood by while it happened—as well of the story of those who spoke against it. The exhibit covers the time period leading up to incarceration (1941-1942) through actual documents of the time: letters, resolutions, blueprints, photographs and other archival documents from across the state of Oregon. Anne Galisky of Graham Street Productions and special guest speakers will introduce and provide context for the exhibit. For one night only, visitors will have the chance to explore the exhibit at their own pace at the Walter Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Go to www.hillsboro-oregon.gov to learn more.
Portland Japanese Garden
Hand-carved Noh masks by Ohtsuki Kokun and elegant brocade costumes from traditional silk looms bring the elusive world of Noh drama to Portland in the exhibition Mirrors of the Mind: The Noh Masks of Ohtsuki Kokun. The exhibition is highlighted by performances by Living National Treasure Noh actor Kawamura Haruhisa during the opening days of the exhibition. A demonstration of Noh mask carving will be presented by Mr. Ohtsuki, who will also be present for exhibition's opening days. Learn more at japanesegarden.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.
Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Ota Tofu, Shiuko Sakai, and Carol Suzuki and Oregon State Representative Brian Clem.
The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is Simon Tam — author, musician, and activist.
Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, featuring a special print donated by Roger Shimomura.
Soundscape Grand Opening
Please join the Old Town Portland Soundscape Project to celebrate the unveiling of a ground breaking series of public sound art installations evoking the past lives of Portland's Old Town. Sound bubbles will envelope visitors with music, voice, ambient sounds from daily life, and story fragments from many of the cultural communities that have called Old Town home. The opening of this series is co-hosted by Oregon Nikkei Endowment, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum. View the flyer here. View the Soundscape Facebook event for more information.
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.
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