Manzanar NHS To Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 28–30, 2017

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 48th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, ultimately authorizing the United States Army to forcibly remove and incarcerate all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona.

The government incarcerated more than 11,000 men, women, and children in Manzanar.

This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of Congress’ establishment of Manzanar National Historic Site. It was the result of decades of grass-roots efforts by the Manzanar Committee, beginning on a cold, winter day in 1969, an event now considered the first Manzanar Pilgrimage.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko performs at the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available, but seats are going fast

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on 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 will open the program at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program will begin at 12:00 PM.

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Resistance At Tule Lake

Kurt Ikeda
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Photo courtesy Kurt Ikeda

by Kurt Ikeda

When I was a child,
I was just a little too Japanese.
My L’s and R’s
Came out as
Reft and Light
As in whenever I left my Japanese at home.
It would make me feel all right.

When I was in Math Class
I sat between two kids: a white boy and a Yonsei; we looked alike
Like a line between the divide signs
He couldn’t discern the difference between the dots
the Yonsei and I.
We looked alike.
But I didn’t sound like the others.

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Manzanar NHS Seeks Candidates For “Teacher Ranger Teacher” Position

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This summer, Manzanar National Historic Site will participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program, offering a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend Summer 2017 acquiring new skills in experiential learning. The program is provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado, Denver (CUD).

Participants will spend four to six weeks at Manzanar, developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from the University of Colorado, Denver. The goals of the program are to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities and to reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1 urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.

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