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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Film Excerpts To Be Screened in Little Tokyo To Commemorate 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

The following is from Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress. The Manzanar Committee is a co-sponsor of this event.

Assistant Attorney General James Turner presents two Issei women
a Presidential apology and reparations of $20,000 for their wartime
incarceration. Photo taken at the Little Tokyo Towers in Los Angeles, 1990.
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Photo: Janice Iwanaga Yen/NCRR

LOS ANGELES — To celebrate the landmark passage of the Civil Liberties Act by the United States Congress in 1988, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), along with community co-sponsors, invites the public to a free viewing of excerpts from six films on August 10, 2013. These films recall the profound impact that racism, incarceration, displacement and disruption had on Japanese Americans during World War II and the work that still needs to be done today.

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Playwright and Activist Hiroshi Kashiwagi Decries “Another Fence At Tule Lake”

The following letter to the editor by playwright/poet and former Tule Lake incarceree Hiroshi Kashiwagi was submitted to the Herald and News, the daily newspaper in Klamath Falls, California, not far from the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, in response to their story on the controversy about the proposed perimeter fence that would enclose the airstrip at the site (story linked below). It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

Hiroshi and Sadako Kashiwagi.
Photo: Kashiwagi Family Collection

by Hiroshi Kashiwagi

I am the playwright/poet Hiroshi Kashiwagi. I am also a Tule Lake survivor, a No-No Boy and a renunciant—a recovered American.

It seems like we’ve lived with a fence all our lives, beginning at Arboga Prison, and then at Tule Lake Concentration Camp. I mean a barbed wire fence with guard towers and search lights at night, and sentries with guns that could explode in our faces.

Then, after we were released from Tule Lake, there was a symbolic fence, an imaginary one, to ward off the disdain and contempt of those in our own community toward us because we were confined at Tule Lake Segregation Center as “disloyals” and “troublemakers.”

Now, yet another fence at Tule Lake. This time a real one to cut off access to the camp site, the source of our painful memory, a sacred place we return to again and again for remembrance, for solace, for healing.

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A Look Inside The National Park Service’s General Management Plan Scoping Process For Tule Lake

One of the small group discussions during the National Park Service’s
July 24, 2013 General Management Plan scoping meeting in Los Angeles’
Little Tokyo. Manzanar Committee member James To, the author
of this story, is seated at right (blue shirt).
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

by James To

On July 24, I attended a public meeting in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, sponsored by the National Park Service, to provide feedback on the development of the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

At the meeting, NPS staff updated the community on the status of Tule Lake, but the main focus was to solicit community input towards the development of a General Management Plan (GMP) that will guide management of Tule Lake for the next twenty years.

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