Manzanar Committee Mourns The Loss of a Giant In Our Community: Archie Miyatake

Archie Miyatake (right) with his wife, Take, shown here during a memorial service for Sue Kunitomi Embrey in 2006.
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Photo: Alisa Lynch

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar incarceree and renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, who passed away on December 20, 2016, in Los Angeles.

The Miyatake family is best known for being the Los Angeles Japanese American community’s photographers, operating Toyo Miyatake Studios since 1923, first in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and later, in San Gabriel, California, starting in 1985.

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Manzanar Committee Announces Second Annual Student Awards Program

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LOS ANGELES — On December 18, the Manzanar Committee announced their second annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program, a creative works program in which K-12 students may submit essays, short stories, poetry, works of art, including drawings, collages, posters, and works involving technology, including animation, podcasts, movies or videos.

The awards program will recognize students who demonstrate an understanding of his/her guiding principles of social justice in today’s society. Winning entries will be eligible for prizes up to $100.00, and their works may be presented at the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017, and on the Committee’s web site ( and/or blog (

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Oral History Of Pastor, Activist, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura Released – VIDEO

Rev. Paul T. Nakamura
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

During the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, we honored the Reverend Paul T. Nakamura, pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California as the recipient of the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award was named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his parishioners and just about everyone else who knows him, is a seminal figure in the Southern California Japanese American community, most notably for his involvement with the Manzanar Committee and the Manzanar Pilgrimage since its earliest days. He was also involved with the struggle for redress and reparations for the survivors of the World War II American concentration camps in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated, also from its earliest days.

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What’s New At Manzanar NHS: Construction On Historic Women’s Latrine Has Begun

Initial work on constructing an historic replica of the Block 14 women’s
latrine at Manzanar National Historic Site has begun. In this photo,
the historic concrete slab foundation is being reinforced with rebar
to meet current seismic standards.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

INDEPENDENCE, CA — With the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar becoming a National Historic Site coming up on March 3, 2017, and with the much more significant anniversary happening just a few weeks prior—the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, the Manzanar National Historic Site is working to bring two new exhibits online.

As reported on September 22, work is in progress on a classroom exhibit, which will be housed in the Block 14 barracks. But also in the works is the construction of an historic replica of the Block 14 women’s latrine, with some exhibit material coming after construction is completed on the structure.

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