Manzanar Committee Announces Third Annual Student Awards Program

Sara Omura (left), one of the first place winners from the Second Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program is shown here with Manzanar Committee member Colleen Miyano.
click above to view a larger image.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On January 21, the Manzanar Committee announced their Third Annual Student Manzanar Committee 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 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2018, on the Committee’s web site ( and/or blog (

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Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Warns Against Signing Fraudulent Petition

The following is a statement by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition.

Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society(click above to view larger image)

LOS ANGELES — Please be aware that the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is not connected to, and does not support, a petition calling for a Tuna Canyon memorial to be located across the street from the actual site of the detention station in any way, shape, or form.

This petition is being circulated by someone working for the 229-unit housing project proposed for the historic site, and not by any organization that is genuinely working to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon. We are working on plans for an on-site memorial, and other public amenities, in a regional park that would benefit the community, and the City of Los Angeles. We are hoping the owner will discuss selling the land at a fair market price to a public agency for these purposes.

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How The Japanese American Community Should Commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Soul Consoling Tower marks the cemetery at the
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — On this day, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, many Japanese Americans will grit their teeth, expecting to see anti-Japanese comments, not to mention the racial slurs and racist comments that our community has had to endure for our entire history, and given the current political and social climate following the 2016 Presidential election, hate-based attacks are far more frequent and violent.

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Manzanar Committee Calls On Modoc County To Cease Efforts To Build Perimeter Fence At Tulelake Airport

A view down one of the streets of the Tule Lake
Segregation Center, November 3, 1942.
Photo: Francis Stewart
Photo courtesy Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

LOS ANGELES — on September 30, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its opposition to Modoc County, California’s proposed construction of a perimeter fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, which would deny access to much of the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center.

As noted in our original statement in July 2012, the fence would irreparably damage the historic fabric of the Tule Lake site, now the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

“We strongly oppose the proposed construction of a fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport in Modoc County,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “This fence will degrade an essential and unique cultural, social, and historical landmark, and negatively impact our government’s efforts to preserve the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center.”

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