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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Exhibit Opening, Family Day and Book Signing
Join us for this free, family-friendly day at the Legacy Center. For kids and the young-at-heart, there will be story times at noon and 1pm with Lori Tsugawa Whaley, who will be reading Japanese folk tales with puppets! Stories include the ribbit-ing The Two Frogs and the humorous The Singing Turtle where everyone has a chance to join in and sing-a-long!
At 2pm Lori will be sharing insights from her latest inspirational and historical book The Courage of a Samurai. According to Lori, "Attendees can learn how to live an extraordinary life by applying the code of bushido, or the way of the warrior, to their lives." Following the presentation, there will be a book signing by the author.
This will also be a special chance to check out the public opening of our latest exhibit Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit. Staff and volunteers will be on hand all-day-long to guide families through this visual exploration of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity. Through the use of historical and contemporary photographs, come discover the ways in which generations of Japanese Americans persevered through their incarceration during World War II.
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, as well as a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).
Download the flyer for more information. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to sign up:
Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Nihonmachi: The Place to Be is a two-hour musical journey, originally performed in Los Angeles, that will transport audiences back in time to Nihonmachi (Japantown), the way it used to be before World War II. The play follows one Sansei's (third generation Nikkei) story as he discovers 100 years of his family's history, his roots in Japantown, and ultimately who he is as a Japanese American. Interspersed through the show are classic, nostalgic Japanese and American songs.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Center Stage have partnered with Grateful Crane Ensemble to bring this production to the Gerding Theater. Two performances, a matinee for school groups (including complimentary tickets for underserved youth) and an evening performance for the general public, will introduce this history to audiences of all ages.
Tickets are on sale at Portland Center Stage (www.pcs.org or 503-445-3700). Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for more information:
Resources & Services
Teacher Workshop: Identity Curriculum
Are you looking for social studies curriculum for students in grades 3-5 that is tied to the Common Core Standards? This workshop will provide you with a copy of the Identity curriculum, which connects the history of the Japanese Americans with a specially designed student tour of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Feel free to bring a colleague!
Workshop participants will receive the Identity curriculum guide with classroom ready lessons and other resources such as Augmented Reality and iBooks. Refreshments provided. Download the flyer for more information.
Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to sign up:
Other Community Events
Portland Taiko's annual fall concert celebrates Kenny Endo's 40th year as a taiko performer. Taiko Connections explores the connections between Kenny Endo and Portland Taiko, connections between traditional and modern taiko repertoire, and Portland Taiko's connections with the Asian American community. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.portlandtaiko.org.
Portland Japan Girls
Portland Japan Girls (PJG) is a Japanese women's community group with over 260 Japanese nationals living in Portland. PJG supports Japanese businesses and women's interests by organizing Japanese cultural events in Portland. This charity event will raise cultural awareness of Portland's Japantown and benefit Peace Jam, a non-profit organization providing jobs and assistance to mothers and children in the tsunami stricken city of Kensenuma, Miyagi, Japan. The event will feature a history of Japantown, as told by a former resident, and a concert by world renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Learn more at portlandjapangirls.jimdo.com.
Oregon History Museum
In this exhibition, artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards and the experience of Japanese Americans. Learn more at www.ohs.org.
The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both of the World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns; these propaganda posters, from the Mark Family Collection, are a sampling of poster art from World Wars I and II. Learn more at ohs.org.
PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Mort Bishop III, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills, will trace his company's entry into and success in Japan's textile market. The story of Pendleton Woolen Mills business success in Japan is tied to a personal story of post World War II trans-Pacific reconciliation. Learn more at www.pdx.edu/cjs.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
A Tale of Two Ghettoes (The Future Specters of Chinatown Past) by artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a multimedia installation that combines real-time performance, video projection with community discussion via social media and video conferencing, simultaneously connecting Chinatown in Old Town with the developing Jade District in East Portland.
Join APANO at either location for this one-night double event that features performance of traditional instruments by musicians from Wisdom Arts Academy and the taiko group Unit Souzou, followed by discussion and light refreshments at both sites. Learn more and register at www.apano.org.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The Tao of Tea, in collaboration with Lan Su Chinese Garden, presents Tea Month at Lan Su, a series of more than 20 events and activities celebrating tea and tea arts. Held at Lan Su Chinese Garden all October long, this is the fifth successive annual tea celebration for the two organizations. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
The transient nature of the immigrant experience, in place and emotion, inspired Friderike Heuer to photograph objects in transition. Her montages of materials found in steelyards, trashcans, recycling centers, junk stores and shipyards, bring to mind the Jewish scrap peddlers from Eastern Europe who began to arrive in Oregon in the early 1900s. Heuer’s montages represent the transient nature of the materials that historically provided some Jewish immigrants with a livelihood: iron, wood, glass, paper and steel. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.
Confronting Extremism: The State of Hate Today
Featuring special guest Nadav Eyal, acclaimed Israeli journalist and director of HATE, a documentary dramatically depicting the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. A screening of HATE will be followed by a discussion in which local panelists reflect on the challenges posed by racism, extremism, hate groups and hate speech in our community. The event takes place the day before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the massive Nazi government pogrom against European Jews in 1938.
Speakers and panelists include Nadav Eyal, film director and Israel's Channel 10's Chief Editor of International News; Miriam Greenstein, OJMCHE Board Member and Holocaust Speaker; Jo Ann Hardesty, President of NAACP Portland Branch; Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing; Erious Johnson Jr., Civil Rights Director, Oregon Department of Justice; Natan Meir, Professor of Judaic Studies at PSU; Judith Mowry, Office of Equity and Human Rights for the City of Portland; and Steven Wasserstrom, Professor of Judaic Studies and Humanities at Reed College. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
For over a decade, Cathy Erickson has focused her artwork on the hardships that Japanese Americans faced when they were incarcerated in camps during World War II. Much of the work for this exhibit was done in collaboration with Margaret Chula, an internationally known haiku poet. Learn more at www.cbhistory.org.
25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza
We are proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial! From 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday, August 2, Oregon Nikkei Endowment will honor all those who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the Japanese American Historical Plaza. The keynote speaker will be actor and activist George Takei, and music will be provided by the Minidoka Swing Band. This event is free and open to the public. Following the public event will be a celebratory cruise on the Portland Spirit. Boarding will begin at 5:30, and the cruise will take place from 6-8:30 pm. George Takei will be the special guest for this celebratory cruise, and music will be provided by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.
Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and honoring all those who helped us reach this important milestone!
Photo Galleries (password for both galleries is "ONE")
George Takei photos:
Prints may be purchased via Reflections Photography.
Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, July 26, 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.
We wish to thank our wonderful donors for their generous contributions to our Annual Banquet, honoring Jean Matsumoto and Yoshio & Sawako Oda, featuring Special Remarks by Governor Kate Brown and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette, as well as a performance by Kurt Kuniyoshi, member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and lead actor of Nihonmachi.
Our donors gave us wonderful items for our Silent Auction, Dessert Dash, and Wine Pull. We couldn't do it without you!
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