Manzanar Committee Decries Los Angeles Times’ Publication of Inaccurate Letter About Japanese American Incarceration…Again

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LOS ANGELES — On December 8, the Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk events, denounced the publication of a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times that attempted to justify the forced removal and unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

To make matters worse, this is not the first time that the Times has failed to live up to their journalistic responsibilities in this regard. Indeed, the publication of the letter in question is more than reminiscent of a 2016 incident—almost two years to the day— when they published two very similar letters.

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Manzanar Committee To Host Book Signing Featuring New Book By Dr. Arthur Hansen About Manzanar “Riot,” Resistance by Japanese American WWII Incarcerees

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LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee will host a book signing event featuring Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, one of the leading scholars studying the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans during World War II, who will talk about his new book, Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster, at 1:00 PM on January 6, 2019, at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute in Gardena, California.

The event is sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, Dr. Don Hata, Emeritus Professor of History California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Valerie Matsumoto, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles and holder of the George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (for identification purposes only).

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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

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Manzanar Committee Announces Fourth Annual Student Awards Program

Some of the winners of the Third Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On October 30, the Manzanar Committee announced their Fourth 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 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 27, 2019, on the Committee’s web site ( and/or blog (

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