Katari Students’ Trip To Manzanar National Historic Site, November 3-4, 2018 – In Photos

Group photo at the Manzanar cemetery monument from the November 3-4, 2018 Katari trip for
college students hosted by the Manzanar Committee and the National Park Service
Photo: Bernadette Johnson for Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

During the weekend of November 3-4, 2018, the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, hosted eight students from the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego in an intensive, interactive, place-based learning experience on the unjust incarceration of Japanese/Japanese Americans during World War II.

You can read a detailed description of our project (and we really urge you to do so), Katari, which means to tell stories in Japanese, at:

Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive

We’ll have a lot more about this trip with our students in the coming weeks and hopefully, our students will let us know what they think and feel about their trip—we hope to get reflection pieces from each of them soon.

To be sure, this was an incredible weekend, much like the trip with our first group of students last March, and like that first trip, this one just might have been transformational, not only for our students, but also for those who were on the content delivery side of things. That includes the wonderful National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, most notably, Ranger Rose Masters, and the three former incarcerees who joined us on the trip to share their personal stories of life behind the barbed wire with our students—Nancy Oda, Pat Sakamoto, and Min Tonai. We thank each of them for making the long trek from the Los Angeles area and for spending the entire weekend with our students—their dedication to educating young people is both appreciated and needed, especially given our current political climate.

Again, we’ll have more from our trip in the coming weeks. For now, here is a photo essay from our tremendous weekend with our students that we hooe you’ll enjoy and ask questions about!

Katari Trip to Manzanar National Historic Site, November 3-4, 2018

135 photos by Gann Matsuda. © 2018 Manzanar Committee. All rights reserved. Duplication prohibited without permission. Click on any photo to view a larger image and to scroll through the gallery.


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