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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura has created a body of work by making photographs and videos of sakura (cherry blossom trees) throughout one year at the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The trees, which were a gift from Japan, manifest Japanese American history that is unique to this region and evoke Nakamura's desire to explore the notions of belonging, identity and diaspora—notions with which the artist constantly grapples.
Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and join us for a fun day of golf to support the Oregon Nikkei Endowment at the Strawberry Golf Tournament!
Please join us at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as Dr. Toshio Inahara unveils his new autobiography: A Nisei, Right Place, Right Time.
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Other Community Events
2015 Minidoka Pilgrimage
This summer, the 11th annual pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Participation is limited. Scheduled activities:
Registration deadline is June 1, 2015.
Go to www.minidokapilgrimage.org to learn more.
This April, Keiko Goto and her sister Naoko are bringing four generations of their family's carved and lacquered wood to the Portland Japanese Garden for its first exhibition in the U.S. in 110 years. In 1905 the Lewis & Clark Exposition brought exhibits to Portland from around the world. Eager to show the world an exquisite example of Japanese artistry, Japan sent Hakkodo's work to the Exposition where Ms. Goto's great-grandfather and grandfather were awarded a Gold Medal for outstanding craftsmanship. More information at japanesegarden.com.
The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is hosting the 4th Annual Voices of Change Celebration in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Voices of Change will feature cultural performances, food, and a keynote address from Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development from California and Washington, D.C. Visit www.apano.org to register or learn more.
2015 Toyama Speech Contest
University, college, and community college students of Japanese from throughout Oregon and SW Washington will compete in two divisions. Speech topics will vary from why they are studying Japanese to funny stories of experiences while visiting Japan. Learn more at jaso.org.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Celebrate spring's early arrival this year with the blooms and fragrances of Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lan Su's plant collection is filled with more than ninety specimen trees, rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature magnolia, orchid and camellia collections. Lan Su in Bloom is an in-depth look at some of these most auspicious and culturally significant plants and flowers with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
Congressional Gold Medal Dinner
You are cordially invited to the Congressional
Gold Medal Dinner on Friday, June 12, at The Fairmount Hotel in San Jose, California. The dinner will help to raise funds and increase awareness for the Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition that is presently in development. Program highlights include a keynote speech by Secretary Eric Shinseki and a presentation on the exhibition planning with the Smithsonian. Click here to learn more, donate, or purchase tickets.
Architectural Heritage Center
In Portland, the use of metal as a building material dates to the Victorian era, with the construction of new commercial and institutional buildings. Using examples from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation's collection of nearly 2,000 metal artifacts, this exhibit tells the story of the variety of metals found in late 19th - early 20th century Portland architecture. Guest curator Morgen Young of Alder, LLC explores the use of these metals, highlighting local producers. Most artifacts on display have never before been showcased publicly. Learn more at www.visitahc.org.
Oregon History Museum
This original exhibition, created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Drawing on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands-on experiences, A Community on the Move illuminates Portland's vibrant black community of the 1940s and early 1950s, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities. 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.
White Box at U of O Portland
In Unfiltered Kilter, a cohort of University of Oregon alumni seek to trouble their habitual practice as artists, jostling firm solutions in hopes of uncovering overlooked possibilities. This endeavor is signaled with the use of the fossilized term "kilter," which, by definition, conveys a state of order, alignment, and proper functioning. Most commonly, however, the word is used in idiomatic reference to its own "offness"; it is this implied interval of wayward movement that the artists have embraced. More information is available at whitebox.uoregon.edu.
3rd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Osechi Ryori - Japanese New Year's Food
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 $130 for the entire osechi ryori (or $100 if you provide your own jubako), of which $60 is tax-deductible.
Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage! 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 by local authors 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. Visit downtownportland.org for more information about the PDX Pop-Up Shop Project.
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Making its Portland debut, the new documentary Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the government emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. Hidden Legacy is the first-ever major presentation of traditional music, dance, and drama in camps, and the remarkable roles played by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms.
This special, one-time-only event will include a short musical concert by master koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong and Lita Kazuho Buttolph, a Japanese classical dance performance by the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, followed by a screening of Hidden Legacy. This event is co-sponsored by Productions by Hirahara. Learn more about Hidden Legacy at jcalegacy.com.
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