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Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community
This exhibit celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, and evokes memories of shared experiences - from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century. Please join us at the Legacy Center for a unique and educational glimpse of Japanese American life in Oregon.
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In closets and attics across America, many people discover artifacts from the Great Pacific War. These are "battlefield souvenirs" that were carried home by returning veterans seventy years ago during World War II.
Some artifacts, like rifles, helmets and bayonets, were issued by the Japanese government. Other artifacts came directly from the family and contain the signatures of parents, relatives, wives and loved ones.
In many cases these personal items are the only remaining trace in existence of that person who is still listed as "missing in action."
This leads to a perfectly valid question: "What are these items?" Are they legitimate souvenirs? Are they precious family heirlooms? Or are these hand-made and beautifully adorned items a form of Japanese art?
The exhibit Yosegaki Hinomaru: Souvenir, Heirloom or Art? will explore and explain each possibility.
PCC Student Photos
We have posted on our Flickr page photos by Portland Community College photography students. Inspired by work of Motoya Nakamura and his recent Sakura Sakura exhibition, these photographs are also currently on display in the windows of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.
During the month of May, the students took dozens of pictures of our Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, which was once the heart of Portland's historic Japantown. They were guided through these streets around the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center by their class instructor Motoya Nakamura.
Joining the students were members of the Portland Photographic Society. They later juried the students' work and selected their very best photos which we are now able to share with you!
Which photographs do YOU like the most? Please share in the comments on Flickr!
Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
In this all new traveling exhibit, historic images shot in 1942 by War Relocation Authority staff photographers Dorothea Lange, Tom Parker, and others are juxtaposed with contemporary images of the same individuals taken by The Sacramento Bee photojournalist Paul Kitagaki, Jr.
Uprooted features images taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in Idaho and Eastern Oregon in the summer of 1942. This exhibit examines farm labor camps during the war and the use of Japanese Americans as a labor source, specifically in the sugar beet industry.
Explore Portland's historic Japantown with this walking tour of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappear in "then and now" photographic dissolves.
Japantown PDX documents the vitality of this once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942 when all people of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the remarkably diverse Old Town neighborhood in tour stops that honor its African American, Chinese and LGBT roots. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store for more information.
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