VIDEO: 2014 and 2015 Manzanar Pilgrimage/Manzanar At Dusk

From the 2015 Manzanar Pilgrimage
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

We’re catching up on posting long overdue video…

Video from the 2014 and 2015 Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk programs are now available in full 1080p high definition.

The 2014 (45th Annual) Manzanar Pilgrimage featured performances by UCLA Kyodo Taiko, presentation of the 2014 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Award to former Manzanar incarceree Mas Okui and Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University, Fullerton. Also featured was Dr. Eileen Tamura of the University of Hawai’i as the keynote speaker.

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The Pain Of Unjust Incarceration Transcends Generations, Ethnicity

UCSD Nikkei Student Union member Rena Ogino (left) and
Susanne Norton La Faver, shown here during the open mic
portion of the 2015 Manzanar At Dusk program.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

by Rena Ogino

The 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, was my third Pilgrimage and my first with the UCSD Nikkei Student Union as a second year student. As a shin-Nisei (second generation Japanese American, the children of recent Japanese immigrants), I initially felt like a black sheep amongst Japanese American youth that are mostly Yonsei and Gosei (fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans, respectively). But at UCSD NSU, I was able to change my perspective on our community, learn to appreciate the differences, and identify with Japanese American youth from a different, unique, and necessary viewpoint.

None of my relatives were sent to the camps in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. But I understand the fear of something similar happening again to American citizens who have goals and aspirations they have every right to fulfill. Returning to Manzanar and helping to organize the 2015 Manzanar At Dusk program reminded me of how our community is currently healing and learning from the Japanese American Incarceration. The monument, the terrible weather, and the beautifully daunting Sierra Nevada Mountains have not changed since I last went, but every time I return my experience is different due to my growing involvement with the Japanese American community.

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My First Manzanar Pilgrimage

Kelsey Nakamura, President of the UCSD Nikkei Student Union, participated in her first Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk program on April 25, 2015. She shared her perspectives with us here.


Kelsey Nakamura, shown here during the open mic portion of the 2015 Manzanar At Dusk program, April 25, 2015, at Lone Pine
High School in Lone Pine, California.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

This was my first year attending the Manzanar Pilgrimage, and I didn’t know what to expect.

I was swamped with school work, midterms, and events within our own organization, the UCSD Nikkei Student Union, not to mention work at my lab, and planning the Manzanar At Dusk opening. So, to say the least, I was pretty stressed with several things on my mind, and was hoping the weekend would be a smooth one.

Upon arriving at Manzanar, my friends who have been there before told me that we would be walking from the parking lot to the Pilgrimage. They warned me that it was about a 15-20 minute walk. I was quite thirsty by the time I arrived at the site, and my hair was a mess from the wind.

I realized that this is what the incarcerees had to live with every day.

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46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

We are, once again, honored and privileged to feature the tremendous photographs of professional photographers Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson in our official photo essay from the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015.

As they have in previous years, Kirchner and Ferguson have captured this year’s Pilgrimage like very, very few photographers have done, and we are grateful to them and proud to feature their work.

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