08-01 The Food That Connects: Four Decades of Ikoi no Kai, a Japanese-American Community Lunch Program

Saturday, November 04, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee

Chair: Rick March (Portland, OR, retired)

Forum participants:

John Crull ()

Janet Kakishita (Portland, OR)

Jeannine Shinoda (Ikoi No Kai)

The panelists describe how Ikoi no Kai, ("a haven"), founded in 1979, serves as a welcoming space where traditional Japanese foods meet nutritional, and cultural needs of community seniors. The core of this community was doubly uprooted, first as immigrants from Japan, to a country and state that were unwelcoming to Asian immigrants, then endured a second uprooting in 1942 when they all abruptly were incarcerated in concentration camps in remote locations. Those who returned to Portland after the war had lost their homes and compact neighborhood. So gathering places like Buddhist Temples, a Methodist Church and later Ikoi no Kai became essential loci of re-rooting.