“Speaking Of Camp” Event – Photos, Video

This article was originally published on December 16, 2012. It has been updated to include video from the event.


Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II are shown here telling their
stories at Speaking Of Camp, an event held at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Center in Los Angeles’ Little Toyko, on December 1, 2012.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Alan Broch

LOS ANGELES — On December 1, 2012, the Friends of Manzanar sponsored Speaking Of Camp…, an event held at St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center (formerly Maryknoll/Japanese Catholic Center) in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Co-sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, the event was part of an ongoing effort to capture the significance of individual stories of those who came through the World War II camp experience.

Videographers also recorded incarceree stories and memories of their days behind the barbed wire.

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2011 Cherry Blossom Festival Scheduled For September 24-25, 2011 In Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

The following was excerpted from a press release by the Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal.


CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Manzanar Committee to be honored

To download a printable flyer,
click on the image above.

LOS ANGELES — Celebrating its tenth year, the Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal will be held on September 24-25, 2011, in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo (enter the festival at the intersection of Temple and Alameda Streets).

Produced by the grass-roots, 100 percent volunteer Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal, a fiscally sponsored project of the Pasadena Arts Council, the annual festival promotes and educates attendees about the culture of Americans of Japanese Ancestry, along with Japanese culture. This year, the festival recognizes the history of Japanese Americans during the World War II era and Japan Rebuilt/10,000 Origami Cranes. Read more of this post

Manzanar NHS To Host The Play, “Bronzeville,” May 20-23, 2011

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


INDEPENDENCE, CA — In Spring 1942, the U.S. Army forcibly removed more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their West Coast homes; over 11,000 of them were imprisoned at Manzanar. Communities like Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles were abandoned literally overnight.

To download a printable flyer,
click on the image above.

At the same time, Blacks from the Deep South headed west to work in defense industry. Prohibited from living in “white” neighborhoods by restrictive housing codes, many people moved into Little Tokyo, eventually renaming the area Bronzeville.

The story of Bronzeville will come to life in the Manzanar Interpretive Center from May 20 through 23, as Robey Theatre Company, Inyo Council for the Arts, and the Manzanar National Historic Site present the play Bronzeville.

Co-written by Japanese American playwright Tim Toyama and African American playwright Aaron Woolfolk, and directed by Ben Guillory, Bronzeville explores the conflicting reactions of members of a Black family when they discover a Japanese American hiding in “their” attic to avoid being sent to Manzanar. Each person wants to “do the right thing,” but they have differing ideas of what that means. Read more of this post

NCRR, JANM Announce Details For 2011 Day of Remembrance In Los Angeles

Former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles‘ Little Tokyo, sponsored by the National Coalition for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), and the Japanese American National Museum. Read more of this post

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