Upcoming Exhibit: Uprooted
FEBRUARY 10 – MAY 13, 2017
Lane County Historical Museum
740 W 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Visit the Lane Co Historical Museum located next door to the Asian Celebration or visit Monday through Saturday, February 10 – May 13. Visitors to the Asian Celebration receive free admission to the museum to see the Uprooted Exhibit.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, the instrument that authorized the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Denied their civil liberties, they were held in camps operated by the War Relocation Authority. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many working in the sugar beet industry. This exhibit introduces their story.
During a period of extreme paranoia and heightened racism following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese warplanes, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. It authorized the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei)–nearly two-thirds U.S. citizens–from the West Coast to concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many working in the sugar beet industry. This exhibit introduces their story.
The War Relocation Authority (WRA), the federal agency created to handle the incarceration, had considered establishing labor camps in the spring of 1942. The idea was rejected, however, because the agency feared anti-Japanese sentiments would lead to violence in communities slated to receive Nikkei laborers. Some states devised their own plans to relocate Japanese Americans to work in sugar beet fields. The so-called Oregon Plan, developed by Governor Charles Sprague’s executive secretary George Aiken, sought to move the state’s 4,000 Nikkei to abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camps in three eastern Oregon counties to work in agriculture and on public works projects. Though ultimately rejected by the WRA, the Oregon Plan did result in the establishment of the first Japanese American farm labor camp in Nyssa, Oregon. This marked the beginning of the WRA’s seasonal leave program.
To address the serious shortage of farm laborers, the seasonal leave program allowed Japanese Americans to leave assembly centers and concentration camps for agricultural work. To participate in the program, state and local officials had to provide assurances: officials would maintain order and guarantee the safety of the laborers, labor would be voluntary, imported labor would not compete with local labor, and employers would pay prevailing wages and provide housing and transportation. The farm labor program was a precursor to the WRA’s larger resettlement program, which sought to relocate Nikkei away from the concentration camps and into the interior of the United States..
The seasonal leave program ended in 1944. More than half of seasonal labor participants were able to convert their work into indefinite leave from the concentration camps. During the course of three years, Japanese American farm laborers helped cultivate and harvest thousands of acres of sugar beets in western states. They are credited with saving an estimated one-fifth of the area’s sugar beet acreage. Their story is a small but vital chapter in World War II history.We are proud to present this exhibit in partnership with the Eugene Asian Celebration February 10, 2017 through May 13, 2017. Featuring the photographs of Russell Wong, this Uprooted tells the story of a chapter of American history that is to be remembered. Please join us at 6 pm on February 10 for an opening reception.
This exhibit is brought to Lane County through funding by the Eugene Springfield Asian Council.
11th ANNUAL PACIFIC MARTIAL ARTS CONFERENCE
January 28 & March 19
10:30 am-4:30 pm
Best Martial Arts,
795 Almaden St.
$10 suggested donation
This one-of-a-kind event allows martial artists to learn from a wide range of experts from the Eugene/ Springfield area and around the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by Best Martial Arts Institute, PacMAC brings our martial arts community together to train and exchange ideas. Teen and adult students of all martial arts are welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience so many styles under one roof! Classes are 25 minutes long with a 5-minute break in between.
SHAOLIN WARRIORS: A THEATRICAL PRODUCTION OF KUNG FU & ZEN
Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm
Hult Center, Silva Hall, Eugene
Shaolin Warriors is a unique show performed by masters of kung Fu. In this fully choreographed theatrical production, Shaolin Warriors brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial arts prowess to stages throughout the world. These Kung Fu masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, perfecting the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, which allow them to perform feats one thought only possible in the movies.
February 17, March 17,
and every third Friday,
199 W 8th
Aloha Friday is free monthly gathering for people who love Hawai’i. It starts with social hour, 5:00-6:00 pm, and then a stage show 6:00- 7:45 pm, with a featured guest and a short cultural presentation. On February 17 we welcome the U of O Hawai’i Club, with preshow music by Paul Prince. On March 17 featured guest is Kaloku Holt from Vancouver, Washington.
12th ANNUAL DISORIENT ASIAN
AMERICAN FILM FES TIVAL
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 East 13th
DisOrient is a social justice film festival dedicated to deconstructing the media stereotypes of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans as “orientals.” We believe in the power of film-as-art to educate, heal and improve lives by giving voice to their experiences. It is all volunteer, with people from all walks of life working together to bring great films to Eugene. DisOrient is a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association.