Manzanar Committee Presents 2nd Annual Student Awards – Photos

Recipients of the Manzanar Committee’s Second Annual Student Awards.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

GARDENA, CA — On May 20, the Manzanar Committee presented its Second Annual Student Awards to 15 students during a celebration at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute in Gardena, California.

The Student Awards Program is 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 that demonstrate an understanding of his/her guiding principles of social justice in today’s society.

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Hill 555 Monument to 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team in Bruyères, France to be Restored, Augmented

The following is a press release from the Hill 555 Project. Publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Manzanar Committee.


The Hill 555 monument in Bruyères, France.
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Photo courtesy Carl Willliams

SACRAMENTO, CA — In 2011, during a visit to Bruyères, France, it was discovered that the simple monument to the Nisei liberators was in need of restoration. For five years, numerous efforts were made to obtain approval to rehabilitate and augment the 1947 monument located on Hill 555 near the city.

In 2016, Mayor Yves Bonjean and City Council approved the project and now are committed to its completion by October 2017. At that time, the City of Bruyères plans to rededicate the site to the Nisei heroes of October 1944.

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Watch The Trailer For “We Said No! No!,” A Docudrama About The Tule Lake Segregation Center

The following is a press release from independent filmmaker Brian Maeda.


A scene from the upcoming film, “We Said No! No!” by Brian Maeda, about the experiences of those Americans of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly incarcerated at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II.
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Photo courtesy Brian Maeda

LOS ANGELES — As outrage and conflict continue to swirl around presumed Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump’s remarks on Muslims, a local director is attempting to shed light on the mistakes of a period in time in which similar sentiments were made against Japanese Americans.

Brian Maeda, a documentary-feature filmmaker who started his career on the Academy Award-winning Bound for Glory, with renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, is working on a new docudrama film entitled, We Said No! No!, focusing on the experience of thousands of so-called “disloyal Japanese Americans” who were sent to the Tule Lake Segregation Camp in Northern California during World War II.

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Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing of UCLA Professor Don T. Nakanishi

Professor Don T. Nakanishi
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Photo courtesy UCLA Asian American Studies Center

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Professor Emeritus of Education and former Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC), Don T. Nakanishi, 66, who died on March 21.

Nakanishi was born and raised in East Los Angeles where he attended Roosevelt High School. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1971 before attending Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1978.

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