Manzanar Committee To Honor Author, Former Manzanar Incarceree Hank Umemoto

Photo: Heyday Books
LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee will honor Hank Umemoto, author of the newly-released book, Manzanar To Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker, at 12:30 PM on March 17, 2013, at the Merit Park Recreation Room, across the street from 56 Merit Park Drive, Gardena, California, 90247-3840 (see map below).

Umemoto, who was born in 1928, grew up in Florin, California, near Sacramento. At the age of 14, he was sent to Manzanar in California’s Owens Valley, one of ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

After Manzanar, Umemoto struggled, to say the least, spending over three years on the streets of Skid Row. But he endured, finishing high school, and attending Los Angeles City College before serving with the 38th Military Intelligence Service during the Korean War.

Upon his return from Korea, Umemoto attended California State University, Los Angeles, married, raised a family, and eventually ran a print shop for 32 years.

In Manzanar To Mount Whitney, Umemoto shares memories of his childhood, his time behind the barbed wire at Manzanar, and his life after camp.

“With both grace and humor, Hank Umemoto tells stories of resilience, adventure, and courage,” said Maggie Wittenburg, Executive Director, Manzanar History Association. “His engaging memoir is a welcome addition to the literature of the Japanese American experience.”

This event is free, and open to the public. For more information, call (323) 662-5102, or send e-mail to

For information on the book, contact Heyday Books at (510) 549-3564, or visit their web site,

Umemoto, Hank. (2013). Manzanar To Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker. Berkeley, California: Heyday Books. ISBN: 978-1-59714-202-1.


The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, send e-mail to, call (323) 662-5102, or check their blog at You can also follow the Manzanar Commitee on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest and YouTube.

Merit Park Recreation Center, Gardena, California via Google Maps


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