Manzanar Commitee Lauds Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga With Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award On July 17, 2011

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga (center), shown here with Manzanar Committee Co-Chairs Kerry Cababa (left) and Bruce Embrey (right), received the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award on July 17, 2011 in Gardena, California.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

GARDENA, CA — At the 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 30, 2011, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, one of the seminal figures in the Japanese American community’s fight for redress and reparations, was announced as the 2011 recipient of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award is named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

But Herzig-Yoshinaga, now 87 years old, was unable to attend the event, which is held at the Manzanar National Historic Site, approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing Of Frank Seishi Emi

Frank Emi
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Frank Seishi Emi, 94, who passed away on December 1, 2010, in West Covina, California. He was among the over 110,000 Japanese Americans who were unjustly imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II.

Born in Los Angeles on September 23, 1916, Emi was running his family’s thriving produce business just west of Downtown Los Angeles when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, authorizing the forced relocation and imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents on the West Coast. Read more of this post

Two Views On Frank Seishi Emi: A True American Hero

Glen Kitayama (far left) joins NCRR members, including Frank Emi (second from right)
during a Los Angeles press conference hailing the signing of the
Civil Liberties Act of 1988 on August 10, 1988.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

by Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — Last April, at the Manzanar At Dusk program that follows the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, when participants broke up into small groups to share their stories and insights about Manzanar, the Japanese American Internment experience, and how it remains relevant today, one thing struck me…

For the first time in the Read more of this post


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