2018 Manzanar At Dusk Will Connect The Past With The Present

One of the small group discussions during the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
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LOS ANGELES — Sharing stories and experiences from the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II and connecting this history to present-day issues will be the focus of the 2018 Manzanar At Dusk program, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, California, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

The Manzanar At Dusk program follows the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage that same day, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

A performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the Pilgrimage at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program starts at 12:00 PM.

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JANM President/CEO Ann Burroughs To Be Keynote Speaker at 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

Japanese American National Museum President and CEO Ann Burroughs, shown here during the 2018 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance
Program on February 17, 2018, at JANM in Los Angeles.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
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LOS ANGELES — Ann Burroughs, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will be the keynote speaker at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, 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, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Karen Umemoto, Ph.D., the new Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, will also speak.

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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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