Manzanar Committee Statement on Racism, Xenophobia, and Terrorism In Charlottesville, Virginia

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LOS ANGELES — On August 12, the Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk programs, repudiated the violence, fueled by racism and xenophobia, that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier today, not to mention President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn those who were ultimately responsible for the violence and terrorism that occurred.

“The Manzanar Committee is outraged by the vicious, premeditated attack on peaceful demonstrations this afternoon in Charlottesville,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “Today’s events can only be described as terrorism.”

“These acts must be condemned by all people,” added Embrey. “The Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and other fascist groups, are, and have always been, terrorist organizations with no other purpose than to intimidate, terrorize and murder people of color. Domestic terrorism and racist violence have no other goals than to stop the expansion of democracy to those historically denied the full promise of the Constitution of the United States of America.”

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Manzanar NHS To Host Public Archeology Project September 1-5, 2017

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar’s award-winning public archeology program provides exceptional opportunities to learn about the past and help preserve the site and its stories for the future. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 25th anniversary of Manzanar National Historic Site. In recognition of these significant milestones, Manzanar is hosting a public archeology project from September 1–5, 2017. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and stabilizing Manzanar’s historic administration and staff housing area. Participants will learn about both the common and contrasting experiences of camp staff and incarcerees as well as the differences between Japanese landscaping aesthetics and “western” military-style landscaping.

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AUDIO: Interview with Manzanar NHS Interpretive Ranger Rose Masters

Park Rangers Alisa Lynch (left) and Rose Masters (right), part of the interpretive staff at Manzanar National Historic Site,
are shown here during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017.
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Photo: Geri Ferguson/Manzanar Committee

We’re a little late with this, but on May 25, 2017, Gideon Culman, who publishes the K Street Coaching blog, interviewed Rose Masters, Park Ranger (interpretive staff), Manzanar National Historic Site, in a piece entitled, “Race Prejudice, War Hysteria, and a Failure of Political Leadership – Interview.”

The interview runs the gamut of Manzanar history and its stories; the Japanese American Incarceration experience and much more.

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Book Review: Imprisoned Without Due Process Manzanar, CA

by Carly Lindley

LONG BEACH, CA — As one of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans who was unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II, Tadashi Kishi gives a personal and emotional account of his experiences as a college-age adult and the lasting effects through to the present in his book, Imprisoned Without Due Process Manzanar, CA, which was self-published in January 2017 (second edition).

Kishi enables the reader to empathize and understand this time in United States History, not only as an event characterized by statistics and faceless facts of the past, but also because His is the story of many that has been kept hidden away and only told with the continuous encouragement of family and community and with small glimmers of hope and good that came out of Manzanar.

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