Community Announcements

Art of Survival Exhibit in Pendleton, OR

The Art of Survival – Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is on exhibit until January 6th at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, which is located on the grounds of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes east of Pendleton.

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is a traveling exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. Tule Lake became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII. Ruled under martial law, it was the most controversial of all the Camps.

Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of daily life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty. Oral histories allow us to hear varying views on some of the complex issues of Tule Lake in the voices of those held captive. And the art created both then and now, made from seemingly insignificant objects, beckons humility and connection.

Promoting education and increased awareness of what can happen when a nation loses reason to fear, this exhibition is designed to inspire critical thinking and action in regards to injustice. It also highlights the power of creativity to maintain dignity and well-being in times of harsh circumstance. For more information on this exhibit visit www.tamastslikt.org.

Wing Luke Call for Artists

Wing Luke has issued a call for Artists and Writers, and Request for Qualifications for a graphic novel.

Wing Luke is seeking one professional writer to write text, and one professional artist to illustrate and design, an illustrated/graphic novel that will be distributed to schools and libraries and through The Wing and the NVC Foundation. 

This project, entitled Inspiring Future Generations: Friends and Supporter  s Who Helped Those Incarcerated, offers an important perspective on the Japanese American confinement sites, that of the non-Japanese American friends and supporters who risked their livelihoods and their place in the community by supporting and helping their Nikkei friends and fighting for equal rights and constitutional protections. The Wing and the NVC Foundation are working with community stakeholders to develop content for an illustrated/graphic novel, stand-alone chapter and curriculum guide. An animated short produced by the Seattle Channel will also be made based on the stand-alone chapter.

This project is the third in a series of novels. The first told the story of six World War II Japanese American military veterans. For more about the project, Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers, visit its website. The second focuses on the experience of Japanese American resisters (forthcoming).

Required materials for the submission deadline must be received no later than 4:30pm on Monday, January 22, 2018. For further information, contact Cassie Chinn at 206.623.5124 ext 131, or cchinn@wingluke.org. 

Only the Oaks Remain Exhibit at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station is on exhibit at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center unitl January 7th. This exhibittells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Rare artifacts such as photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners—who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and extradited Japanese Peruvians—to life.

Only the Oaks Remain commemorates the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station and seeks to educate the public about the violation of civil rights t hat took place there. The exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, interviews, declassified government documents, and other rare artifacts that serve to illuminate a largely untold story that goes beyond the more widely-known story of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. By taking an unprecedented look at war’s impact on a disparate group of detainees, examining striking similarities as well as differences among them, the exhibition encourages present and future generations to learn from our nation’s mistakes.

Only the Oaks Remain is organized by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the site’s history. It is working to develop a permanent Tuna Canyon Detention Station Memorial, which will include a plaque and educational posts installed along a walking path lined with mature oak trees, to further educate future generations. For more information on this exhibit visit www.oregonnikkei.org.

Call for Yonsei and Gosei

In 1941 and 1942, Japanese Canadians and Americans were forced to vacate their homes and pack their lives into a limited amount of baggage. To where, for how long and whether or not they would remain with family was unknown. Today, generations descended from those who were interned or incarcerated will not have endured the same history, but will remain affected by it in various ways.

The Suitcase Project explores this narrative, with artist Kayla Isomura asking Yonsei and Gosei (4th and 5th gen. Japanese Canadians and Americans) what would they pack if uprooted from their homes with only a moment’s notice?

A photo-feature series with multimedia components, The Suitcase Project will be on exhibit at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, B.C., Canada from June to September 2018.

Interested in participating in this series of photos? Folks of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. No prior knowledge of your family’s incarceration story is required. Photos are to be taken in your home, and ideal participants will live in the following areas and be available to participate between January and February 2018:

     •  Greater Vancouver, B.C. region

     •  South/Central Vancouver Island, B.C. regions

     •  Seattle, Washington region

     •  Kamloops/Kelowna, B.C. region 

To sign up please visit kaylaisomura.com.