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

Current Exhibit
Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Open to the public October 22, 2017 – January 10, 2018

Exhibit Extended
Only the Oaks Remain has been extended by a few days and will now close on Wednesday, January 10th.

Only the Oaks Remain tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Rare artifacts such as photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners—who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and extradited Japanese Peruvians—to life. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Mochitsuki 2018Mochitsuki 2018
The Year of the Dog
Sunday, January 28, 11am-4pm
at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)

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.

Minoru Yasui Day Essay ContestMinoru Yasui Day Essay Contest
For all Oregon middle and high school students
Essay Length: 500-1000 words
Submissions accepted: January 1 - March 1, 2018
Prizes: Winners - $250 (high school), $150 (middle school)
Runners-up - $150 (high school), $50 (middle school)

On March 28, 1942, Min Yasui challenged discriminatory military orders that led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and their imprisonment in camps. He was found guilty at the District Court of Oregon and spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 1943, ruled against him. In spite of the great injustices that he, his family and community endured, Minoru Yasui continued for the rest of his life to defend the democratic ideals upon which our country was founded, and the human and civil rights of all people.

Essay Topic: Explain the lessons learned from the life story and legacy of Minoru Yasui and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. How do those lessons inform your position on current U.S. policies on immigration and national security?

All Oregon middle and high school students are eligible to enter the essay contest and all Oregon public libraries are can receive resource materials — access to the film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice; copies of documents related to Yasui’s legal case; unpublished writings by Yasui himself and others; and a bibliography, filmography, and list of websites containing extensive information about Min Yasui.

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and Oregon Nikkei Endowment encourage public libraries and schools in Oregon to screen the film, as well as sponsor or participate in teacher workshops and study groups to help students to prepare for the essay contest.

For complete contest rules see: www.minoruyasuitribute.org/essaycontest
To apply for resource materials: minyasuitribute[at]gmail.com

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:

Portland State UniversityRoger Shimomura
Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomura
On display through January 8, 2018
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-8pm
Broadway Gallery, Lincoln Hall, 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.

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake
Open November 3, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute (47106 Wildhorse Boulevard, Pendleton)

An exploration of the only Japanese American Segregation Center of World War II, this haunting exhibition probes the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. Ruled under martial law, Tule Lake was the most controversial of all the Camps. Visit www.tamastslikt.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis
Monday, January 29, 6:30pm
at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

The Rohingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape, and other forms of violence. 300,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes since August. Join OMCHE to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis, and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU, will briefly review the history of genocide. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Past events:

OmiyageOmiyage Holiday Museum Store
November 18-December 24, 2017
Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday noon-4pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.

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.

Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project
Curriculum Workshops and Film Screening
November 4, 2017, 9:30am-1pm
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland)
Free, RSVP required

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.

matsutakeMatsutake Hunt
October 21-22, 2017
Cost: $55
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

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).

Untitled #3Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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 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.

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