2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 10-12
December 6, 2009 1 Comment
Back in 2002, the Manzanar National Historic Site (a unit of the National Park Service) did an oral history with former Manzanar Committee chair Sue Kunitomi Embrey, one of the founders of the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the driving force behind the preservation of Manzanar and its development into a National Historic Site.
In this twelve-part oral history, Embrey discussed his family’s life and experiences in pre-World War II Los Angeles, their time behind the barbed wire at Manzanar and much more.
More specific details are provided for each clip (see below).
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Part 10 features Embrey talking about the different generations in the Japanese American community, her memories of the security at Manzanar during the war, about how people were allowed to leave the camp, and she touched on the resettlement period after the camps closed.
In part 11, Embrey talks about how she was able to leave Manzanar before the end of World War II by going to Wisconsin to work and attend school.
In part 12, Embrey talks about what she learned from her imprisonment at Manzanar and how it inspired her to become an activist and to organize the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. She also discussed the Japanese American redress movement and the Constitutional issues raised by the incarceration.
Earlier segments of this oral history:
2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 1-3
2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 4-6
2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 7-9
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