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 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Min YasuiOregon Historical Society
Minoru Yasui's Presidential Medal of Freedom
On display February 2–19, 2016
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously awarded to Oregonian Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) by President Obama at a White House ceremony on November 24, 2015, will be on display in both Salem and Portland this February. The Oregon Historical Society is sponsoring the exhibit, in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The Medal will be on display at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 9am to 5pm for the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session. The Medal will then be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society from February 2 through 19, 2016.

In announcing Yasui's selection, the White House Press Office stated, "Minoru Yasui was a civil and human rights leader known for his continuous defense of the ideals of democracy embodied in our Constitution. Yasui challenged the constitutionality of a military curfew ordered during World War II on the grounds of racial discrimination, and spent nine months in solitary confinement during the subsequent legal battle. In 1943, the Supreme Court upheld the military curfew order." During the awards presentation, President Obama said "Today Min's legacy has never been more important. It is a call to our national conscience, a reminder of our enduring obligation to be the land of the free, and the home of the brave, an America worthy of his sacrifices."

Collections Up Close: Letters from Beyond the Fence
Saturday, February 20, 2pm
Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend

Each year since 1978, a Day of Remembrance is held on February 19th to commemorate the signing of Executive Order 9066. Deschutes Public Library, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, and the Japanese Association of Central Oregon are pleased to welcome Weston Nakamura-Koyama, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center volunteer, for a program tracing one family's journey from the Portland to America's concentration camps.

During his presentation Weston will relate the moving stories he uncovered from his family's correspondence while they were incarcerated during World War II. Visit www.deschuteslibrary.org for more information.

Portland JACL
Day of Remembrance
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm
at PSU George C. Hoffman Hall
1833 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Free and open to the public

Join Portland JACL for this Day of Remembrance event honoring Min Yasui. Yasui spent his life working working for human rights. As a young Oregon attorney, he challenged Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Min Yasui's birth. Join Portland JACL, his family, and colleagues, in honoring the life and legacy of this uncompromising man who never gave up. Visit www.pdxjacl.org for more information.

Uprooted Lecture
lecture panel"The Camp Without a Fence": Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II
Sunday, February 28, 2pm
Epworth United Methodist Church
1333 SE 28th Avenue, Portland
Free and open to the public

Please join us for this free lecture on our latest exhibit, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II, on view at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Morgen Young, consulting historian and project director of Uprooted, will provide insight on the Nikkei that volunteered to harvest sugar beets in Eastern Oregon and the photographer, Russell Lee, who was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document them. This lecture will also include special guests who will speak about their experience of being incarcerated at what became known as "The Camp without a Fence."

4th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10, 2016, 10am-4pm
140 NW 4th Avenue, Portland

Save the date!

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the 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. Also visit the JROC calendar for more Portland-area events from the Japan-Related Organizations Coordinating Group:

Homage and ParodyPSU Center for Japanese Studies
Homage and Parody: Chūshingura in Japanese Prints
Presented by Dr. Maribeth Graybill, Curator of Asian Art, Portland Art Museum

February 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union 327/8/9, Portland State University
Free and open to the public

Part of the winter lecture series to accompany the Kubuki production, The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai. As the pop art of the Edo period, Japanese woodblock prints both reflected and created cultural trends. The Revenge of the 47 Ronin was taken up by print artists from the moment it appeared on the kabuki stage—and just as the public relished new productions of the play, they eagerly collected prints portraying their favorite stars in key roles. Prints thus allow us to trace some of the visual conventions associated with the play over the decades, a great boon to students of the theater. This lecture will introduce some of the delightful variety of Chūshingura images from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs for more information.

A Century of the "Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samural" on Film
Presented by Dr. Linda C. Ehrlich, Case Western University

February 19, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Free and open to the public

Part of the winter lecture series to accompany the Kubuki production, The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai. In the Japanese (and world) imagination, Chūshingura has moved from historical event to stage production to, more recently, screen extravaganza. A host of top-notch Japanese directors (Mizoguchi, Inagaki, Watanabe) and stars have rushed to recreate this tale of betrayal, loyalty, and revenge. This richly-illustrated talk with present an overview of high points (and some low points) in cinematic and adaptations of this tale of the loyal 47 rōnin, from the silent era up to contemporary inventions. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs for more information.

Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai - English Kabuki - Eight LIVE PERFORMANCES
Presented as English Kabuki for the first time by a North American University
February 25-March 6, 2016
Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University
Tickets: $15 General, $12 Seniors, $8 Children and Students

There is no kabuki play more beloved to the Japanese, and more frequently performed than Chūshingura, or The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai. Its characters and story demonstrate all that is considered virtuous and noble in traditional Japanese society. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs for more information.

Oregon Historical Society
Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns
On display February 29 – June 21, 2016
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland

Using both rare and seldom seen objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate will tell a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between China and the West, focusing on Portland's Old (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). This exhibition brings to life the vibrant the sights and sounds of places of business, education, and entertainment, offering visitors a glimpse of life beyond the gate. Visit www.ohs.org for more information.

Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion
On display January 28 – June 1, 2016
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland

America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries. This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today. Visit www.ohs.org for more information.

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
A textile exhibit by Cathy Erickson

October 24, 2015 – February 29, 2016

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.

Past events:

Bilingual Book Reading
The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home
KamomeWednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton
Free and open to the public

Oregon Nikkei Endowment invites you to a book reading in Japanese and English, discussion, and book signing of the heartwarming bilingual children's book, The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home. This sweet story, intended for lower elementary grades, provides a window for discussing earthquakes, tsunamis, marine debris, preparedness, and cultural awareness in the classroom and within families. Download the flyer here.

Family Day and Book Signing
Sunday, January 10, 2016

For kids and the young-at-heart, poet and author Lawrence "Larry" Matsuda will be sharing an animated video and cool insights about collaborating with illustrator Matt Sasaki on their two graphic novels: An American Hero, Shiro Kashino and Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers. Later that day Matsuda will read from his books of poetry, A Cold Wind from Idaho, which draws from his family's experience at Minidoka, and the recently published Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner, featuring artwork by Roger Shimomura. This program is being presented in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Osechi Ryori
Winter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $130 (or $100 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!

Holiday Pop-Up Shop
November 10 - December 24, 2015
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5pm; closed Monday
341 NW 5th Avenue, Portland

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, and a selection of curated vintage items. Visit downtownportland.org for more information about the PDX Pop-Up Shop Project.

Collections Up Close: Letters from Beyond the Fence
Collections Up CloseSunday, December 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland
Free and open to the public

Museum collections volunteers Taylor Ishida and Weston Nakamura-Koyama will share the moving stories they uncovered from correspondence written by and sent to two Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. This program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Buddhist Archives and Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Special Performances in Portland
Presented by Portland JACL
Monday, November 9, noon and 7pm
at Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Tickets: Student Matinee: $10, Evening performance: $40 ($35 if purchased before 10/25/15)
Tickets on sale at www.pcs.org

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. Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Center Stage have partnered with Grateful Crane Ensemble to bring this production to the Gerding Theater.

Nihonmachi Sponsors
Title Sponsor: Portland JACL
Level 1: Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Sam Naito, Alice Sumida, PGE Foundation
Level 2: Irene Hirano Inouye/Kresge Foundation/Ford Foundation, The Standard
Level 3: MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer
Level 4: Deloitte LLP, NW Natural, Summit Properties, Vanport International, Inc., Junki Yoshida, Comcast

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