What Happened to Portland’s Japantown? Place, Community and Identity in the Stories of Coming Home
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 5:00pm


The PSU Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to be a co-sponsor for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 

What Happened to Portland’s Japantown? Place, Community and Identity in the Stories of Coming Home 

Lecture by Jacqueline Peterson Loomis, Ph. D. and Panel Discussion with Nisei Narrators

5 p.m. in Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge) 

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Local scholar and public historian, Jacqueline Peterson Loomis, the Curator of Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965 and Nisei narrators, will provide an overview and discussion of the process by which the exhibit’s content, primary themes, and design elements were identified and developed. The process involved an extended dialogue and collaboration with community advisors, nine Nisei narrators, and with a team of local artists and media professionals.  The narrators’ personal stories were ultimately grouped into four thematic video installations, establishing a dramatic arc for the exhibition.  But the stories and accompanying photographs and objects also frame a larger historical narrative and conversation about immigration, ethnic and national identities, race and racism in America, and loss and recovery. Peterson Loomis is Professor Emerita of History at Washington State University Vancouver and the founder of the Old Town History Project.  

The photo above is provided courtesy of Jean Matsumoto.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.



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