Flap Over Muslim Community Center In New York: History Is Repeating Itself…Again

The recent flap over the Cordoba House, the Muslim community center that will include a mosque that is proposed to be built near the site of the World Trade Center in New York—Ground Zero, one of the targets of the September 11, 2001 attacks, draws disappointing and dangerous parallels to what Americans of Japanese ancestry faced before, during and after World War II.

Two recent stories and a radio interview highlight these parallels and the dangerous road our nation appears to be traveling down once again. Read more of this post

Ghosts In The Apple Orchard

Editor’s Note: The following is a revised version of a poem by Henry Howard that was originally published here on the Manzanar Committee blog on June 15, 2008. He recited the revised version during the open mic portion of the 2010 Manzanar At Dusk program on April 24, 2010.

Ghosts In The Apple Orchard
by Henry Howard

When dusk falls in Manzanar today,
No tar paper barracks
Soften the mournful howl
Of the desert wind. Read more of this post

There Is American History We Must Not Be Allowed To Repeat

In their Sunday, November 29, 2009 edition, the News-Review, which serves Douglas County in Oregon, published a story by Barrett Rainey in which he wrote about the similarities between the racism and hysteria that Muslims and Arab Americans are facing today in the United States with the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Read more of this post

Multiple Cultures, Generations Unite To Remember Manzanar

The Inyo Register, the daily newspaper covering the Owens Valley, featured a story on the 39th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk in their May 1, 2008 edition… Read more of this post


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 198 other followers