43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2012 Manzanar At Dusk: Strong, Intimate Bonds Between Communities Are Key

Cyndi Tando (center) and Kosuke Kudo (right), are shown here during one
of the small group discussions at the 2012 Manzanar At Dusk program,
April 28, 2012, at Lone Pine High School, Lone Pine, California.
(click to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda

by Kosuke Kudo

I learned a little about Manzanar through the UCLA Nikkei Student Union, and by visiting the Japanese American National Museum. My image of Manzanar is that is a very isolated and harsh environment. However, I do not really know about Manzanar, or the internment camps.

I heard that there would be chances to talk with people who were actually in the camp, during the Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk programs, and I really wanted to listen to their stories. I believe that it is very important for me to be able to gain a deeper understanding of history to visit the actual place, and to listen to people who actually experienced it. I hoped that the trip would be a great opportunity for me to think about the history from different perspectives. Read more of this post

College-Age Youth Leading The Way At 2012 Manzanar At Dusk Program

Small group discussions at the Manzanar At Dusk program are very diverse,
in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — College students will once again take the lead role during this year’s Manzanar At Dusk program, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (US Highway 395), in Lone Pine, California, across the street from McDonald’s.

The Manzanar At Dusk (MAD) program follows the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM that same day, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Read more of this post

Manzanar NHS Hosts Special Events April 27–29, 2012, For Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

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


To download a printable flyer,
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Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the camp’s opening and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Manzanar National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 27, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit Personal Responsibility: The Camp Photographs of Toyo Miyatake, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life.

Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Read more of this post

Author, Scholar Dr. Mitchell Maki To Keynote 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2012

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation still available from Los Angeles, but seats are going fast.

Noted author and scholar Dr. Mitchell T. Maki will be the keynote speaker at the
43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Photo courtesy Mitchell Maki

LOS ANGELES — Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles.

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, authorizing the mass roundup and unjust incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans during World War II. The event will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site, which was authorized by legislation signed by President George H.W. Bush on March 3, 1992. Read more of this post

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