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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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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Manzanar Guayule Rubber Project Has Enduring Impact – Photos

Dr. Glenn H. Kageyama speaking at the program on the Manzanar Guayule Rubber Project, August 30, 2015, Gardena, California. Kageyama is holding samples of rubber made from the Guayule plant.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

GARDENA, CA — During World War II, while incarcerated behind barbed wire at Manzanar, a handful of Japanese Americans— Dr. Morganlander Shimpe Nishimura, a nuclear physicist from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Kenji Nozaki, a chemist at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Masuo Kodani, cytologist from UC Berkeley, Frank Hirasawa, organic chemist, Homer Kimura, a mechanical engineer, along with Frank Kageyama and Tomoichi Hata, worked to develop high-quality rubber from the Guayule plant in support of the United States’ war effort.

As Manzanar Committee member Joyce Okazaki wrote in this space in March 2009, “On five acres of land with 40 incarcerees, and at a cost of about $100.00, the Manzanar Guayule Project produced a higher yield of plant and a higher quality of rubber than the [larger Emergency Rubber Project in Salinas, California] or tree rubber. The tensile strength of the rubber was 5,150 pounds per square inch (PSI), compared to 3,700 PSI for Salinas, and 4,400 PSI for tree rubber.”

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