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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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. Free admission for two people to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. To get your ticket, go to Smithsonian.com/museumday. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Start at any of the following locations: City of Portland Archives & Records Center, Oregon Historical Society, or the Multnomah County Central Library.
Explore our region's history with 28 local archives, special collections, and heritage organizations. Celebrate National Archives Month while discovering the wealth of information that can be found in your local archives. Whether your interests include the Japanese American history, the impacts of urban renewal on Portland, or resources for finding your family's history, the Oregon Archives Crawl has something for everyone. Visit portlandarchives.wordpress.com for more information.
Portland Center Stage
As the U.S. joins World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Written by Jeanne Sakata, inspired by the true story of University of Washington student, Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun Yu, who played Hirabayashi at ACT Theatre in Seattle, reprises the role at The Armory. Learn more at www.pcs.org.
Portland Center Stage, in partnership with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, will host a series of events in conjunction with their run of Hold These Truths.
Vision and Vigilance
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. Visit www.columbiaarts.org for more information or to sign up.
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
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Discover a summer of adventure at Lan Su Chinese Garden with a series of events and activities for the whole family. From weekly tai chi lessons to feng shui lectures to guided poetry tours in the garden, make a plan to try everything Lan Su has to offer. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.
Portland Japanese Garden
Bamboo is known for its unique character as a plant: having flexibility and strength. This exhibition features the work of four internationally known bamboo artists on view in three outdoor locations around the Japanese Garden. Each of these artists attempts to "bend nature" in new directions, challenging conventional bamboo craft techniques and forms to reflect the close relationship between nature and ourselves. Learn more at japanesegarden.com.
Omoide Project Workshop
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.
Come help us welcome the Omoide team for their first ever visit to Oregon! Attendees will be able to watch a short video documentary on the project, hear a reading of their collected stories, share tips on how to open dialog and encourage discussion, and participate in a small writing and illustration workshop. This program was presented in partnership with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington.
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.
Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Saturday, July 30, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.
Breaking the Silence – Stories of Courage from our Elders
Four speakers will talk about their lives during and after the Second World War. Moderated by Linda Tamura of Willamette University, the conversation will focus on the role storytelling plays in the healing process after trauma. The panelists will connect their experiences with the war and their later decisions to begin public speaking. One of the speakers, George Nakata lived in a Japanese American concentration camp in Idaho during World War II. A second speaker, Taka Mizote, spent the war years in farm labor camps in eastern Oregon. The other two speakers, Les and Eva Aigner, survived the Second World War in Europe then lived through political unrest in Hungary before emigrating to America. For more information on the speakers, visit www.ojmche.org.
Inspiring Action and Igniting Justice
Minoru Yasui's life proves that one person can make a difference. The purpose of this symposium is to inspire action and ignite justice. Opportunities and implications will be explored and shared with the intention that attendees see what they can do to make this world a better place.
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