Student Organizers On Why You Should Attend The 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Program

Juli Yoshinaga of the CSULB Nikkei Student Union is one of the organizers of the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program.
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As you may know, students from four Southern California universities are the primary organizers of the Manzanar At Dusk program—the Nikkei Student Unions at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego.

Back in 1997, when the event was first held, and was originally known as Manzanar After Dark, students from the EducationInAction program at City College of San Francisco helped organize the event and contributed greatly to it, as participants, for several years.

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Connecting The Past With The Present To Be The Focus of 2017 Manzanar At Dusk

A small group discussion during the 2016 Manzanar At Dusk program.
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LOS ANGELES — Sharing stories and experiences from the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II and connecting this history to present-day issues will be the focus of the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, California, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

The Manzanar At Dusk program follows the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage that same day, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

A performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the Pilgrimage at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program starts at 12:00 PM.

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Manzanar NHS At 25 Years Old: More Relevant Now Than Ever Before

The following is an expanded version of a story that will appear in the printed program for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 29, 2017.


The east side of the Visitor Center at Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — A little over 25 years ago, after decades of hard work, Japanese American community activists, along with allies in California’s Owens Valley, celebrated a victory when the site of the Manzanar concentration camp, located along U.S. Highway 395 between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, was designated as a National Historic Site on March 3, 1992, by an act of Congress.

It took twelve more years for the Manzanar National Historic Site to become a fully operational unit of the National Park Service, with its Visitor Center opening in April 2004. Since then, several physical elements of the World War II concentration camp have been reconstructed, additional exhibits continue to be developed, gardens are being excavated and rehabilitated, archaeological digs are uncovering more and more artifacts, and oral histories are being collected.

“It’s amazing,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “It took 23 years to be designated as a National Historic Site. Then, it took twelve more years to build the Visitor Center and have a grand opening in 2004. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

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LOS ANGELES — The 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below)..

UCLA Kyodo Taiko begins the Pilgrimage program at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program begins at noon.

The popular Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below)..

For further details on these events, please follow our press releases on our blog, https://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

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