Two children in camp c. 1943 Minidoka concentration camp Idaho
What was the impact of President Roosevelt’s 1942 Executive Order 9066 on Portland Oregon’s Japanese-American community? The following presentation uses video interviews of camp internees, archived photographs, and historic documents to answer that question.
It was created by Kyle Stephens and Peter Gallagher in conjunction with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Their thoughtful curation of historic content guides the reader through the experience of Japanese-Americans incarcerated during the War and the government's justification for doing so. Engaging questions and points for discussion are placed throughout the presentation.
The lesson features reaction to Executive Order 9066, temporary incarceration at Portland Assembly Center (built on the grounds of a former stockyard on the banks of the Columbia River), and the final destination for most of Portland's Japanese-American community - the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho.
Kyle and Peter were student in my social studies methods class at the University of Portland working on curriculum development for Portland's Nikkei Legacy Center. Special thanks to the Densho Digital Archive for providing video and still images.
Nikkei Classroom Presentation from Peter Gallagher
Image credit / Densho Encyclopedia: denshopd-i39-00044
I’m pleased to introduce you to Japantown PDX, a free iOS app that I designed with the assistance of the Nikkei Legacy Center, GammaPoint LLC, and my students at the University of Portland. Explore Portland Oregon’s historic Japantown with this user-friendly walking tour. The city’s vibrant pre WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. This GPS-enabled app guides you through Portland’s eight block Japantown, a bustling community in the early decades of the twentieth century – better known today as the colorful Old Town / Chinatown neighborhood.
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