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 4 features Embrey talking about her family’s experience just before leaving Los Angeles for Manzanar, including having to sell the family store, and the fire sale prices most Japanese Americans were forced to sell their belongings for. She also talked about the trip to Manzanar on the bus and train, along with her memories of when her family arrived at Manzanar and the harsh, primitive conditions they faced.
In part 5, Embrey talks about her experiences and the conditions at Manzanar during her family’s imprisonment, including the lack of privacy.
In part 6, Embrey talks about life at Manzanar and her family’s experiences there
Other 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 7-9
2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 10-12
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