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 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close | 2018
Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland's Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
Open to the public August 10 – November 4, 2018

First Thursday – November 1, 11am-7pm
Free and open to the public

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Contested HistoriesUpcoming Exhibit and Workshops
Contested Histories: Art & Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection
November 1 – 4, 2018

First Thursday – November 1, 11am-7pm
Free and open to the public

Workshops: Thursday, November 1st at 5pm & Sunday, November 4th at noon

Allen Hendershott Eaton's historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored arts and crafts created by Japanese Americans while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. In the course of conducting research for the book, Eaton amassed a significant personal collection of artifacts.

The Contested Histories display includes physical or digital representations of objects in the Eaton collection: photographs, sculptures, artwork, and other items handmade by Japanese Americans. In addition to providing an opportunity to see the collection that inspired such strong emotions and decisive actions, Contested Histories is intended to gather as much information about each object so that the efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible. Visit our exhibits page for more information.

matsutakeMatsutake Hunt
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Cost: $15
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on Mt. Hood. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

The daytrip includes a guided matsutake hunt at various locations on Mt. Hood and a potluck gathering in the late afternoon. Download the flyer here. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to register:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Oregon Archives Crawl
Presented by the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, Multnomah County Library, and the Oregon Historical Society
Saturday, October 20, 11am-3pm
Free and open to the public

Join us on Saturday, October 20th, to explore this year's theme Changing Attitudes. Archives document how communities, beliefs, practices, and preferences have changed over the years. Historical records and photos can shed new light on common beliefs or explain how things have come to pass.

Start the Archives Crawl at any of these locations: City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society, or the Multnomah County Central Library. Representatives from local archives, special collections, and heritage organizations will be at each site. "Passports" will be available to help guide you and provide a list of participating organizations. From vintage photo lovers to history buffs to students to genealogists, to those who are just curious to learn something new: all are welcome!

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

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.

Minidoka baseballBaseball 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
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Oregon Nikkei 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:

Portland Chinatown MuseumDescendent Threads
Descendent Threads
June 7 - September 30, 2018
at Portland Chinatown Museum (127 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland)

A mixed-media art exhibition, Descendent Threads celebrates the diverse works created by Portland-based, Asian American female artists, Ellen George, Roberta May Wong, and Lynn Yarne. Their artworks illuminate and trace the wildly varied paths they have chosen to embrace their Old Town/Chinatown/Japantown roots and Asian American identities. According to guest curator, Horatio Law, Descendent Threads is "the first group exhibition by Asian American female artists in Portland." Visit www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org to learn more.

2018 U.S. Tour

Wednesday, October 17, 7pm
at Four Rivers Cultural Center (676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario)
Cost: $5

Saturday, October 20, 7pm
at Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Avenue, Portland)
$10 donation

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family's history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. Visit nonoboymusic.tumblr.com to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Tea & PoetryTea & Poetry
October 1-31, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Lan Su Chinese Garden presents Tea & Poetry, a month long series of events and activities celebrating poetry, tea, and tea arts. Learn more about the cultivation of tea, different varieties, and the role of tea in Chinese culture. Lan Su Chinese Garden is filled with poetic inscriptions as text, calligraphy, engravings and plaques. Poetry is one of the five elements, along with rocks, architecture, water, and plants, necessary for a comprehensive Chinese garden. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Architectural Heritage CenterSelling the Rose City
Selling the Rose City: Portland Souvenirs and the Imagery of Place
Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Part historical journey, part nostalgia, and part kitsch, Selling the Rose City presents material objects that for more than a century have promoted and celebrated Portland as a place. From hotel stationery to buttons, pocket mirrors to ashtrays, snow globes to games, this exhibit shows how items of all kinds have been used to "sell" the city and its architecture. Visit visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:

Museum Day
Saturday, September 22, 2018
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free admission with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is participating in Smithsonian magazine's 14th annual Museum Day, an initiative in which participating museums emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. For more information about Museum Day and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
Friday, August 10, 2018
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $125 per person

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Kay Endo and Bob Shimabukuro. The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is John Tateishi — National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League. Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction. The meal choices are beef, salmon (gluten free), or vegetarian (gluten free).

Plaza Cleanup
plaza cleanupSunday, August 5, 8am - noon
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, August 5, 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.

Illuminating Uncommon Perspectives on World War II Injustice
with Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley
Thursday, June 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
at Epworth United Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Ave, Portland)

Please join us for this program featuring Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley. This event will include readings from Diana Morita Cole's new collection of stories about her family's dispersal from Hood River, Oregon, and their imprisonment in the Tule Lake and Minidoka concentration camps. She will also read selections from her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, featuring the life of a young Nikkei protagonist, born at Minidoka after her family was expelled from Hood River. Diana will also include a film clip about Latin American Nikkei interned in the United States.

GamanfestReclaiming Identity through Art & Activism
Exploring the Intergenerational Impact of Racism | Activating the Power of Heritage History | Igniting Social Change

Friday, May 11, 2018, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am-4pm
at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Auditorium & Student Union (705 N Killingsworth, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Gaman is the Japanese word for "perseverance" or "endurance." Inspired by the spirit of gaman and those Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in camps during World War II, this festival serves as a venue for the next generation of artists and activists within the Asian American community who use their heritage and culture as motivation for the work they create. Whether it's through music, spoken word, video performances, or visual art, visitors and guests together will explore the intergenerational impact of racism, the power of heritage history, and how to ignite social change. Gamanfest artists and activists will lead open discussions on community-fueled social change, cultural impacts to their identities, and what it means to be "othered" in today's society.

Featuring a selection of film shorts from Hidden Histories by Chicago's Full Spectrum Features; DJ Cay Horiuchi; Nobuko Miyamoto, founder of the community-based arts organization Great Leap; No-No Boy, a multimedia concert taking inspiration from WWII Japanese incarceration camp survivors and many other stories of Asian American experience; The Slants, a pan-Asian rock band that recently won a case at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding use of their band name; Portland Taiko, community bon odori, Joe Kye, Anna Vo, Ryan Nakano, Simon Tam, Chisao Hata, and more.

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