RETURN & REMEMBRANCE: A Pilgrimage to the Portland Assembly Center Honoring those Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated by Executive Order 9066
Free and open to the public, RSVPs appreciated
Seventy-five years ago, on May 6, 1942, 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.
The program will be emceed by David Ono and will include keynote speaker Dale Minami, civil rights lawyer and lead attorney for Fred Korematsu's coram nobis legal team; performances by Minidoka Swing Band, UNIT SOUZOU, and Cascadia Composers; and more.
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The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 VANPORT TOURS: THE SITES AND ITS MANY STORIES
Narrated bus and self-guided walking tours of the original Vanport site. The tour begins at the Expo Center, and loops through the PIR grounds. This route includes the sites of historic Vanport’s most important civic functions as well as residential areas. Additionally, the Building D lobby at Expo will offer brief presentations about Vanport’s lasting impact on our communities.
This tour is FREE and open to the public.
Bus tours are expected to last approximately 75 minutes. The self-guided walking tours will start anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and last approximately one hour.
Locations: Expo Center, Building D 2060 North Marine Drive Portland, OR 97217 and The Portland International Raceway
This event is part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.
A bike tour in Northeast Portland with oral history performances—with Gentrification is Weird/Ignorant Reflections, Living Stages, and Laquida Landford.
The bike ride traces the history of the community of Vanport and the experiences of displacement of its residents. The ride culminates in a theatrical forum facilitated by Living Stages and presented by community performers who face gentrification or displacement. Audience members are invited to participate in a creative, theatrical community brainstorm on what might be possible.
This bike tour is free and open to the public.
Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 12-3 pm
A bike tour in Northeast Portland with oral history performances - with “Gentrification is Weird”/Ignorant Reflections” (Donovan Smith), and Living Stages (Tamara Lynne)
Location: Expo Center Park & Ride 2060 North Marine Drive Portland, OR 97217
This event is part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.