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Gathering the Circle: Culture and Identity

January 28 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

A workshop and guided conversation exploring our cultural heritage and its impact on identity. This Living Arts program is the first in a series of facilitated conversation and expressive arts workshops throughout 2024 that build community through collective exploration of culture and identity.  


Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu

“A person is a person through other persons.”

  Chisao Hata and Spencer Uemura facilitate a dialogue using questions, conversation, and creative explorations such as poetry, drawing, and non-verbal exercises. Our humanity is derived from our relationships and interdependence; this is a space and time to gather and explore the complexities of who we are and how identity can shape community. How does my cultural heritage impact my identity? How is my story an American story?   Gathering the Circle: Culture and Identity Sunday, January 28, 4-6pm Japanese American Museum of Oregon 411 NW Flanders St. Portland, OR 97209 (Entrance on NW 4th Ave) Free for Friends of JAMO and JACL members/$5 general public This workshop is open to all who are interested in the topic of identity expression; the questions apply across many identities and cultures. A companion expressive arts workshop will take place in February. The paired workshops go together but are designed to also work as stand-alone experiences if you cannot attend both.  

Facilitator Bios

Chisao Hata is the Creative Director of Living Arts at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, as well as a performing artist, community organizer, and global citizen artist. She is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Leader and Vanport Mosaic Festival Stories in Movement artist. She originated Gambatte Be Strong, stories of Japanese American displacement and resilience in Portland and is a partnering artist at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. Spencer Uemura is a Yonsei/Shin-Nisei Japanese American with a passion for stories and history. Professionally, he is a mental health therapist particularly interested in helping people explore the impacts of systemic oppression on mental health and uncovering strength and resilience from our different cultural backgrounds.


January 28
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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411 NW Flanders Street (Entrance on NW 4th Ave)
Portland, OR 97209
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