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The Greatest Generation

During their times, exclusionary laws and overt racism towards Japanese Americans were very much alive and well. What would have raised cries of outrage spilling into this newsletter was business-as-usual back then. One can only imagine the forms of discrimination our chapter had to deal in those days, but I assure you that we are better off today for what they and their respective board members did then.

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2014 JACL Scholarship Applications
are Available

Portland JACL Newsletter: January 2014 Issue (click here for this issue) Board Member Message by Marleen Wallingford The Portland JACL is pleased to recognize two outstanding Nikkei students who were awarded national JACL scholarships in 2013: Kristi Fukunaga, now attending Willamette University and Laura Suzuki, a freshman at the University of Michigan. Kristi, the daughter of Lori and ... Read More

Portland Trail Blazers: Asian Heritage Night

Portland JACL Newsletter: December 2013 Issue Board Member Message by John Kodachi The Portland Trail Blazers announced that Thursday, December 12th will be "Asian Heritage Night" at the new Moda Center. That"s when Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets come into town to take on our Blazers. It should be an exciting game, so be sure to ... Read More

Basic Rights: Oregon Says, “I Do”

Oregon Says, "I Do" ! By: Marleen Wallingford, Secretary The Portland JACL has become a community partner with Basic Rights Oregon to gather signatures for a petition to get same-sex marriage on the ballot for the November 2014 election. We believe that the freedom to choose your life partner is a choice that Oregonians should be able to ... Read More

Fall Harvest: The Matsutake Hunt

Fall is my favorite time of year in the Great Northwest. Yes, it marks the beginning of the rain and the end of summer but we always seem to have a spell of Indian summer with crisp dewy or fog-laced mornings followed by clear blues skies that, for me, are the best days of ... Read More

The Gold Medal in Portland!

Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) was collectively bestowed on the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service by Congress in 2011.

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Nikkei Community Picnic 2013

If you love good old fashion summer fun Nikkei style you would have been at the 25th annual Nikkei Community Picnic. It was a perfect and fabulous day, with around 500 people in attendance it was one of our largest picnics. We were charmed by the performances of the Kids Taiko workshop and Tanuki ... Read More

Convention Reflections

As I think back on the 2013 National Convention in Washington, D.C. commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, also known as Redress, what I remember most is the two plenary sessions. They both addressed the relevancy of JACL today because of our history, and they both had ... Read More

A Tragic Connection:
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Hanford

“Fat Man” was the codename for the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki by the United States on August 9th, 1945. The plutonium for the bomb was created at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington which is a little more than 200 miles from Portland. As a result of decades of producing materials ... Read More

Unite People Represent Portland JACL Youth at National Convention

From July 23 to 28 I had the distinct pleasure of escorting 10 members of Unite People to the National JACL Convention in Washington D.C. For many of this was there first trip to the nations capitol and their first national convention. The group raised the money for this trip through fundraisers like ... Read More

Japanese American Graduation Banquet

The 2013 Annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday, May 5th. All of the community is invited to attend. For tickets, please contact Ron Iwasaki, 503-628-2965.

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Portland's 2013 Day of Remembrance

On February 17th, the Portland chapter of JACL held its annual Day of Remembrance at Portland State University. The chapter welcomed a special guest speaker, Floyd Mori, Executive Director of the National JACL, Emeritus.

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