Dr. Arthur A. Hansen Named Co-Recipient of 2014 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, shown here during the Japanese American National Museum’s 2013 National Conference in Seattle, Washington, July 2013.
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Photo courtesy Arthur A. Hansen

LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that renowned scholar and co-founder of the Japanese American Oral History Program, Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, has been chosen as one of the 2014 recipients of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

Educator and former Manzanar incarceree Mas Okui was also named as a recipient (see separate press release).

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence (see map below).

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Mas Okui Named Co-Recipient of 2014 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Mas Okui (center), shown here during the 43rd Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2012.
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that educator Mas Okui has been chosen as one of the 2014 recipients of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

Scholar and author Dr. Arthur A. Hansen was also named as a recipient (see separate press release).

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence (see map below).

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Community Songfest Fetes Retiring Manzanar NHS Superintendent Les Inafuku – Photos

Retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, shown here during the Community Songfest, at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles
on December 15, 2013.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On December 15, a “Community Songfest,” honoring retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, and to raise funds for the reconstruction of Manzanar’s residential Block 14, which will include barracks, a mess hall, and more, was held at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Sponsored by the Friends of Manzanar, the event featured musical performances by twelve different solo performers, duos or groups, including former Nisei Week Queens Lauren Kinkade Wong, and Erika Mariko Olsen.

Also featured were performances by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the “Songbird of Manzanar,” and folk singer/one-man band Ken Koshio.

Selected photos from the event, which was co-sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, may be viewed below.

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Community Songfest Fundraiser To Honor Manzanar NHS Superintendent Les Inafuku

The following is a press release from the Friends of Manzanar.


COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER: Event will also raise funds to complete reconstruction of demonstration block at Manzanar National Historic Site.

Manzanar National Historic Site
Superintendent Les Inafuku
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Photo courtesy National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — On November 5, the Friends of Manzanar announced that a Community Songfest, honoring retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, and to raise funds for the completion of Manzanar’s Block 14, will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s (also known as Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple) Kaikan (Grand Hall), starting at 2:00 PM.

The Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, and the more recent Manzanar At Dusk program, is a co-sponsor of the event.

Inafuku, who was named to the top post at Manzanar NHS in September 2008, became its first Japanese American superintendent since it became a National Historic Site in March 1992.

A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service, Inafuku will retire in January after serving at sites in Hawaii, Wyoming, and Alaska, prior to his work at Manzanar NHS.

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