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Oregon’s Nikkei: An American Story of Resilience

Oregon’s Nikkei: An American Story of Resilience

The Calvin & Mayho Tanabe Gallery

This is a story of discrimination, resilience, and identity. From early immigration through to today, this exhibit explores the experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon throughout history. It begins in rural Oregon and the streets of Japantown where Japanese immigrants embraced American ideals. What was built was then abruptly taken away during World War II when people of Japanese descent were incarcerated in American concentration camps.  The story continues with the rebuilding of communities and the ongoing fight for justice.