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Return and Remembrance

May 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Portland Expo Center

Return & Remembrance
A Pilgrimage to the Portland Assembly Center
Honoring those Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated by Executive Order 9066
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2-4pm
at Portland Expo Center, Exhibit Hall A (2060 N. Marine Drive), free parking for this event
Free and open to the public
RSVP to Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 or info@oregonnikkei.org

Seventy-five years ago, on May 6, 1942, Japantown in Portland was empty of Japanese Americans by military decree. Families were uprooted, property sold, and local businesses closed. Those of Japanese ancestry residing in the local area upended their lives and moved into the former animal stalls of the Pacific International Livestock and Exposition Center. Four months later they joined 120,000 other Japanese Americans in ten hastily erected concentration camps across the United States.

Please join us as we return to the site of the Portland Assembly Center to honor those who were unjustly forced out of their homes and businesses, driven away by wartime hysteria and racism. Listen to the stories of Japanese Americans who were there in 1942 and how they came together despite great hardship.

Program will include the following:

  • Emcee: David Ono, news anchor for KABC-TV Channel 7 in Los Angeles
  • Keynote speaker: Dale Minami, civil rights lawyer and lead attorney for Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team
  • Performances by Unit Souzou and Minidoka Swing Band
  • Exhibit on view: Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration, created by Graham Street Productions
  • George Nakata, former internee will share stories of life as a young boy at the Portland Assembly Center
  • Chisao Hata, dancer and artist, will present her Tag Project—an opportunity for visitors to participate in honoring those incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center
  • Weston Koyama, a fourth generation Japanese American and the first Minoru Yasui Fellow at the University of Oregon School of Law, will speak about the impact of the incarceration