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 7 features Embrey talking more about her life at Manzanar and her family’s experiences there. She also discussed rising tensions among different groups among the prisoners, which culminated with the Manzanar Riot.
In part 8, Embrey talks about about how her mother coped with her imprisonment at Manzanar and about the gardens that some prisoners built at Manzanar.
In part 9, Embrey discusses resistance at other camps, the infamous loyalty questionnaire and its impact.
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 4-6
2002 Manzanar National Historic Site Oral History: Sue Kunitomi Embrey – Parts 10-12
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