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Free Day at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center | Oregon Days Of Culture
October 8, 2011 – 11:00 am | More info: http://oregondaysofculture.org/

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue | Portland, OR 97209

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is Japanese American history museum in Portland, charged with the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. The term ¬Å“Nikkei¬Â means Japanese emigrants and their descendants.

Our permanent exhibit, Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community, celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century.

Also on display is the exhibit kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa. Originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for ¬Å“half,¬Â the word ¬Å“hapa¬Â has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry. Fulbeck's work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: ¬Å“What are you?¬Â

By pairing portraits of Hapaunadorned by make-up, jewelry, and clothingalong with their handwritten statements on who they are, Fulbeck has produced powerful yet intimate expressions of beauty and identity. The exhibit is an artist's attempt to explore Hapawho now number in the millionsand it offers a complex perspective on the changing reality of contemporary America.