Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center presents Japanese American history and culture. Exhibit topics include historic life in Oregon and in Portland's Nihonmachi or "Japantown," the results of Executive Order 9066, Issei immigration, and modern life. The 1942 Executive Order 9066 legalized the internment of thousands of individuals of Japanese descent, also known as Nikkei. Many of those affected were second or third generation Japanese Americans. The term Issei refers to the first generation of Japanese in the U.S. The center's research library includes a collection of oral histories.
The center offers exhibits, outreach speakers, outreach presentations for schools, research library access, and research assistance. School outreach topics include Japanese internment, life in Nihonmachi and ethnic intolerance, and Japanese immigration to Oregon. The website offers virtual exhibits.