Seventy-five years ago, on May 6, 1942, Japantown in Portland was empty of Japanese Americans by military decree. They joined 120,000 other Japanese Americans in ten hastily erected concentration camps across the United States. During The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 we will remember and reflect on this tragic chapter of our past.  Vanport Mosaic Festival: Gambatte Be Strong by Chisao Hata and Nikki Kojima Louis +  Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport oral histories  Full festival program:

The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017
Staged reading created by Chisao Hata and NIkki Nojima Louis, directed by Chisao Hata

From Japantown to the Portland Livestock Exposition, from WWII concentration camps to the Vanport flood--the immigrant journey of the Japanese in Oregon is paved with stories of perseverance and courage. Gambatte Be Strong is an original reading of the little known stories featuring the return of Japanese Americans to Oregon after their incarceration during WWII.

With: Heath Houghton, Sumi Wu, Kim Bui, Jenna Yokoyama, 
Ken Yoshikawa, and Savira Kambhu

Two Performances:
Saturday, May 27, 2017 2pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 7pm

Suggested - $25
Suggested General - $15
Suggested Senior/Disabled/Students $5

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Run time 1hr with no intermission
Box Office at IFCC open one hour before curtain
Please visit Vanport: The Surge of Social Change exhibit running in tandem.