january, 2021

27jan3:00 pmBeautiful Resistance: A Garden as a Cultural Landscape at ManzanarPortland Japanese Garden presents Healing Nature Exhibition


Event Details

On Wednesday January 27th from 3 pm to 4 pm, join Jeff Burton, Pat Alvarado, and Kenneth Helphand in a discussion exploring the purpose and impact of cultural landscapes and objects created in the War Relocation Authority’s internment camps. Japanese gardens created in these camps served a need beyond just a beautiful landscape in desolate grounds – they helped internees preserve their dignity, forge community bonds, and strengthened their will to survive. This conversation will be moderated by Portland Japanese Garden’s Sadafumi Uchiyama and Aki Nakanishi.

In connection with the exhibition, Healing Nature: Gardens and Art of Manzanar, Portland Japanese Garden offers a series of virtual panel discussions that explore the significance and impact of gardens. With a special focus on gardens created by Japanese American internees at Manzanar and other camps during World War II, these discussions question and dive into why and how humanity seeks connection to nature through gardens, particularly during a time of civil injustice.

The bundled ticket price includes access to 2 live Zoom virtual events and videos of the recorded footage. If you cannot attend the live virtual event during the scheduled date/time, you will receive the video recordings for the price of the ticket. Video recordings of the two events will be sent via email by January 31. Virtual events should be attended by the ticket holder only and not shared with or forwarded to anyone else.

Language Matters: There is no universal agreement on what we call the camps or the process that created them — ‘incarceration,’ ‘internment,’ and ‘concentration’ are a few of the terms that were interchangeably used. While some might find ‘concentration’ misleading because these were not extermination camps, the term predates the Holocaust and is by definition a place where large numbers of people are detained or confined under armed guard. We believe that awareness of the historical import of these words, as well as care in using them, is an important way to respect the collective memory of the victims and grants us greater power to confront injustice and cultivate peace.

“A concentration camp is a place where people are imprisoned, not because of the crimes they committed, but simply because of who they are. During World War II, America’s concentration camps were clearly distinguishable from Nazi Germany’s. Despite the difference, all had one thing in common: that people in power removed a minority group from the general population and the rest of society let it happen.” – Joint Statement by Japanese-American National Museum and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors at the 1994 exhibition, America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience


(Wednesday) 3:00 pm