Asian Heritage & Justice Exhibit

In the Exhibit Hall, East End.

Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19, marks the 75th anniversary of the Internments Order which sent thousands of Japanese- Americans to internment and labor camps during World War II. We are proud to remember them by sponsoring the acclaimed Uprooted exhibit from the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. The exhibit tells the story of Japanese-Americans who grew food for the war effort.

We have some Uprooted photographs in our booth, but the complete collection will be next door in the Lane County Historical Museum. See below for more information.

President Reagan signed a formal apology in 1988 after government investigations found little evidence of disloyalty and that the Internment was largely based on war hysteria and racism. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover opposed the orders in 1942.

We also have displays about Oregon’s Minoru Yasui, whose birthday is now an Oregon state holiday. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on civil rights for Japanese-Americans. A film by Eugene filmmaker Will Doolittle, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice is soon to be released.

We are also hosting an exciting new exhibit by Eugene photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo, titled Our Stories: Immigrants of America. Her stunning pictures are accompanied by life stories of what it’s like to be an immigrant in America and Oregon.

“My goal is that through these photographic essays, we may build bridges of hope, strength and courage to inspire the people around us to see that despite our differences, we are connected and similar in so many other ways: our dreams, aspirations, our love for country and humankind.”

See www.facebook.com/immigrantstoriesofamerica, and visit the Heritage Exhibit to see these dramatic pictures and hear these stories.