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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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.
6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, artwork, dishware, furniture, and more. Items start as low as 25 cents! Something for every age, taste, and budget! All proceeds benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.
Time for spring cleaning! Donate your Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar! The dates to donate to this year's rummage sale are March 1-14 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Call Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.
In honor of Min Yasui Day, we will walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to Portland Center Stage for a screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One), the recently completed documentary produced by Min's daughter, Holly, and for recognition of the 2018 winners for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest.
Minoru Yasui Day Essay Contest
On March 28, 1942, Min Yasui challenged discriminatory military orders that led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and their imprisonment in camps. He was found guilty at the District Court of Oregon and spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 1943, ruled against him. In spite of the great injustices that he, his family and community endured, Minoru Yasui continued for the rest of his life to defend the democratic ideals upon which our country was founded, and the human and civil rights of all people.
All Oregon middle and high school students are eligible to enter the essay contest and all Oregon public libraries are can receive resource materials — access to the film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice; copies of documents related to Yasui’s legal case; unpublished writings by Yasui himself and others; and a bibliography, filmography, and list of websites containing extensive information about Min Yasui.
The Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and Oregon Nikkei Endowment encourage public libraries and schools in Oregon to screen the film, as well as sponsor or participate in teacher workshops and study groups to help students to prepare for the essay contest.
For complete contest rules see: www.minoruyasuitribute.org/essaycontest
Exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol
Through a grant funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura produced groups of photographs in 2004 and 2009 documenting and honoring the veterans and families of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American U.S. Army unit during World War II. These images of the veterans, at home and with their families, reveal the dedication and patriotism of this incredible group of men. The photographs are on loan from the Oregon Nikkei Endowment Collection as part of the Art in the Governor's Office exhibition series. Please visit www.oregonlegislature.gov for more information.
Minidoka Center Field Project
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.
Baseball 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
Other Community Events
Portland Chinatown History Foundation and Oregon Historical Society
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the Oregon Historical Society present the third annual Dragon Dance & Parade from Chinatown to the Oregon Historical Society. The start of the parade route on NW Davis and 3rd Avenue will feature fireworks and lion dances, and the parade with a 100-foot dragon and lions will wind through downtown Portland to its conclusion at the Oregon Historical Society. Performances to follow at the Oregon Historical Society. Go to www.ohs.org to learn more.
Lewis & Clark College Day of Remembrance Event
Grace Shimizu is the director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and coordinator for Campaign For Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans. She is a prominent advocate for former Japanese Latin Americans, working to preserve their oral histories as well as ensure redress and government accountability. In her talk she will discuss the hidden and forgotten story of Japanese Latin American internment during World War II. Visit college.lclark.edu to learn more.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su Chinese Garden's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.
Lan Su in Bloom
Celebrate 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 plants with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
This exhibition examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.
Omiyage Holiday Museum Store
Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.
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 $140 for the entire osechi ryori (or $110 if you provide your own jubako), $60 of which is tax-deductible. Deadline to order is Thursday, December 21st.
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project
Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project presents an all-day event for librarians, teachers, and the public. The morning will include film screening of the documentary film NEVER GIVE UP! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, speakers and discussion, and essay contest resources. The afternoon includes middle-school curriculum workshops for teachers and interested parties.
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, a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday, and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).
Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Ota Tofu, Shiuko Sakai, and Carol Suzuki and Oregon State Representative Brian Clem.
The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is Simon Tam — author, musician, and activist.
Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, featuring a special print donated by Roger Shimomura.
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