FILM: A Song For Manzanar To Be Featured At 2014 Women’s Independent Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA

The following is a press release from filmmaker Kazuko Golden.


A Song for Manzanar, a short film produced and co-directed by recent Columbia College of Chicago graduate Kazuko Golden, has been accepted and awarded in the Women’s Independent Film Festival. The movie will premiere on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 8:00 PM at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, California (see map below).

A Song for Manzanar is based on chapters of a novel being completed by Yoshimi Golden. The film draws upon a true story about the forced internment in 1942 of a young Japanese American father, mother, and their toddler son in Manzanar Concentration Camp located in the Owens Valley near Lone Pine, California.

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Manzanar Cemetery Monument Restored – In Photos

Photo: National Park Service

In recent days, the National Park Service began work on restoring and painting the cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site, and they shared photos of their work, now completed.

The famous white obelisk, the Soul Consoling Tower, is one of the few remaining structures from the Manzanar concentration camp and the cemetery it marks is where the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is held each year on the last Saturday in April.

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Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward – JAHSSC Event on October 25

The following is a press release from the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.


The Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) will be dissolving next spring, 2015, after 37 years (35 since 1980 incorporation) of providing a variety of historical and cultural programs and projects in the Southern California area. JAHSSC was founded by educators, including George and Iku Kiriyama, Don Nakanishi, Lloyd Inui, Rei Kasama, Kiyo Fukumoto, and Evelynne Matsumoto, who saw the need to educate classroom teachers about the Japanese American experience. JAHSSC was the ONLY organization existing at the time to address this need. Since then, a number of organizations have arisen to fill the need, including the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

One of JAHSSC’s last public programs, Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward, will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Bl., Torrance, 90503 (see map below). Traci Kato-Kiriyama is chairing this program, a retrospective as well as looking ahead to the future of the Japanese American community. She has gathered a dynamic group of community leaders and activists; they have been working hard at pulling together a not-to-be-missed program.

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Tule Lake Committee Files Suit To Stop The Fence on the Tule Lake Concentration Camp Site

The following is a press release from the Tule Lake Committee.


On July 28, the Tule Lake Committee filed suit in Modoc County Superior Court to stop Modoc County and the City of Tulelake from consideration of leasing and fencing the Tulelake Airport until conducting a public environmental review process. State law requires study and mitigation of impacts to the historic property on which the airport sits, including consideration of alternatives to the proposed fence. The Tulelake Airport occupies the middle of the Tule Lake concentration camp site, where over 18,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during World War II. Tule Lake became the nation’s segregation center, where the Government punished those who protested their massive incarceration.

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