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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Manzanar Committee Denounces U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on President Trump’s Discriminatory Travel Ban

Fred Korematsu (center front) with his attorneys following his 1983 victory in U.S. District Court in which his 1944 conviction was vacated, even though his conviction, which was originally upheld by the
U.S. Supreme Court, would remain on the books for 75 years.
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Photo courtesy of the Fred Korematsu family.


LOS ANGELES — On June 27, the Manzanar Committee repudiated the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Trump v. Hawai’i, lifting the injunction on President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

“We are outraged by the decision of the Supreme Court,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “This travel ban is fundamentally unconstitutional, failing to consider the real intent of the ban-anti-Muslim prejudice-and instead, hid behind a so-called threat to national security. We’ve heard this all before. But we’d hoped the Court would see the ban for what it is and had learned from its past errors in Fred Korematsu’s case.”

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Manzanar Committee Decries President Trump’s Racist Attacks on Immigrant Children and Families

The children and infants in this photograph were among the 101 orphans who were incarcerated at
Children’s Village at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II. They were among
more than 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans who were falsely targeted as threats to
national security by the United States Government.
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Public domain photo via Densho.org.


LOS ANGELES — On June 25, the Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969 and the more recent Manzanar At Dusk program for the last 21 years, denounced the policies and actions by President Donald Trump and his administration that have either separated children of immigrants entering the United States from their families or needlessly incarcerated immigrants, individually or as families.

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey noted the striking similarities between the current attacks on immigrants and the unjust incarceration of more than 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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Some Thoughts About NCRR’s Impact As They Publish a New Book About Their History

Community members marched through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo
during a Day of Protest, held in August 1989.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda

As the movement for redress and reparations for the more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated or otherwise forcibly removed from the West Coast during World War II began to gain steam in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, different views on how to win redress emerged. Some might say that those divergent views became wide chasms. But in the end, those different paths to achieve victory came together, for the most part, and necessarily so.

One of those divergent views was that the people had to be part of the movement, that organizing the community on a grass-roots level would be critical if redress was to be achieved and it was NCRR that led the way in that regard.

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