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

Racial Injustice

February 26th, 2012 a 17 year old boy named Trayvon Martin while walking back to his father’s fiancée’s house was shot to death after a confrontation which appeared to be the result of racial profiling.

Whether or not we agree with the outcome of this trial, racial profiling in some part led to a rash of bad decisions that culminated in the senseless death of a teenager.

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Banquet Honors Connie and Nobuko Masuoka

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the Multnomah Athletic Club, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment honored longtime Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center librarian, Lily Kajiwara with the Heart of the Community Award and the Matthew Masuoka Family (Matt, Nobuko “Nobi” and Connie) with the Paving the Way Award

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Minidoka Swing Band: Searchlight Seranade

Saturday August 24, 2013 Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Grand Ballroom 921 SW 6th Avenue Join us for Searchlight Serenade and dessert, followed by Big Band Era music performed by the Minidoka Swing Band. Searchlight Serenade is a documentary inspired by the actual lives and stories of internees who played music as a soulful escape for themselves and ... Read More

Portland JACL Community Project

EDI is a non-profit agency that provides leadership training to Asian and Hispanic professionals to build a community of diverse global leaders.

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2013 Nikkei Community Picnic

Sunday, August 18, 2013 Oaks Park: (South Park under the large stiped tent) Noon – 5:00PM Join us for an afternoon of food and fun! The picnic is sponsored by organizations of the Nikkei community to celebrate our ethnic heritage.

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Japanese American Graduation Banquet

The 66th annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet honored the high school graduating class of 2013. Our keynote speaker this year was Todd Yuzuriha, a sansei who grew up in southeast Portland and attended Parkrose High School.

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