Memory Transfer

Photos: Brian Kohaya
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by Brian Kohaya

This tryptic features Pat Sakamoto, a former Manzanar incarceree, and Lauren Matsumoto, a granddaughter of former incarcerees. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced 120,000 people of Japanese descent to incarceration camps spread throughout the United States. A few months later, Pat was born. She grew up not knowing her father, as he left the family during incarceration.

Lauren is currently a junior at the University of California, San Diego. Her grandfather was incarcerated at Tule Lake and her grandmother was incarcerated at Gila River.

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Keeping Japanese American Incarceree Stories Alive – Pilot Project A Huge Success

Students listening to a presentation on the Manzanar “Riot.” Seated around the table (foreground,
from front to back): Erica Wei (left), Lauren Matsumoto (right), Brian Kohaya (back left),
Moet Kurakata (back middle), Maru Streets (back right).
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

by Jason Fujii and Wendi Yamashita

Last summer, the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, launched a new project, Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive, to take college-age youth to the Manzanar National Historic Site for an intensive, place-based learning experience about the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Initiated by National Park Service Ranger Rose Masters and generously funded by community donations through a crowdfunding campaign, along with a few individual donations, this pilot project sought to address and bridge the generation gap—recent immigrant families from Japan and their children also have no direct connection to this history—that has made it difficult for young Japanese Americans to teach others about this important history.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2018 Manzanar At Dusk – April 28, 2018

A portion of the Shinto purification rite, performed by Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki of the Konko Church of Los Angeles
as part of the interfaith service during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 29, 2017,
at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee
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LOS ANGELES — The 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

UCLA Kyodo Taiko begins the Pilgrimage program at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program begins at noon.

The popular Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

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Wilbur Sato To Receive Manzanar Committee’s 2018 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

NCRR’s Kathy Masaoka (left) and Wilbur Sato (right) recite a poem during the 47th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available, but seats are going fast

LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that former Manzanar incarceree and long-time community activist Wilbur Sato has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence (see map below).

Sato, 88, was raised on Terminal Island, a former fishing village that is now part of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. While he was in seventh grade, Sato and his family were forcibly removed from their home and shortly thereafter, incarcerated at Manzanar.

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