Saturday, May 20, 2017

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Visit

On Friday, Team 20 visited the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about Japanese American history in Oregon. Our guides, June and Colin, led groups through the museum and art exhibit. In the museum, kids chose an artifact, wrote why they chose it, and what story they thought it told about the Japanese American experience, learning more about life in Japantown (Nihonmachi) and Japanese American incarceration during World War II. After sharing their findings the groups traded places. The art exhibit, Yellow Terror, featured the work of Roger Shimomura and his collection of objects showing racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans. Kids chose an item in the exhibit, wrote why they thought the item was made, who would buy the item, how people pictured in the item might react, how the item could show a stereotype, and what effect these messages could have. We walked to the Japanese American Historical Plaza along the waterfront for lunch before catching the bus for our return to Lewis.

Photos by team photographer, Bella.

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