Manzanar Committee Seeks Community Support For New Youth Education Project

College students will travel to the Manzanar National Historic Site this October for two days of intensive
experiential, place-based learning as part of the Manzanar Committee’s new program,
Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On August 20, the Manzanar Committee launched a new project aimed at educating college-age youth about the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, and providing them with tools to help them teach that critical history to others.

Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive is a project of the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service, and the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Long Beach, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

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VIDEO: 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

Looking west, towards the Eastern Sierras, during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

If you weren’t part of the more than 2,000 people who attended the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage or the approximately 550 people who attended the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program on Saturday, April 29, 2017, or even if you were there, you can see the entire Pilgrimage and the opening and open mic portions of Manzanar At Dusk on video.

The Manzanar Committee’s Jonathan Lee was behind the camera at both events to bring you everything we could from both events in full 1080p high definition video.

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Media Coverage Wrap-Up: 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

From left: Sahar Pirzada, traci kato-kiriyama, Kathy Masaoka) and traci ishigo performed a powerful, inspiring
poem during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a little over two weeks since the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

As we noted previously, more than 2,000 people attended the Pilgrimage and approximately 550 participating in the Manzanar At Dusk program, shattering the previous attendance record of 360.

Our professional photo essay from the Pilgrimage from Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson is forthcoming. We have posted some amateur photographs from the events. Video from the events is also forthcoming.

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Coming Together to Stand Up – Reflections on the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey addresses the crowd
during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017
at the Manzanar National Historic Site
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

by Bruce Embrey

In the days and weeks leading up to Saturday, April 29, the day of the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, the phone calls and e-mails poured in. There was no doubt that 2017 was the 75th year since our families, our community, were forced from their homes into horse stalls and barracks sparked interest in this year’s Pilgrimage.

People in their 80’s and 90’s, who had never been on a Pilgrimage before, called and told me their personal stories. Others were matter-of-fact: “Just the details on how to get to Manzanar,” some said. “Have to go before I cannot,” they’d say. Each and every conversation was meaningful.

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