Dr. Donald Hata, Artist Hatsuko Mary Higuchi Featured At Gardena JCI Day of Remembrance Program

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GARDENA, CA — The Bridge – JCI Heritage Center will host a Day of Remembrance commemorative program on February 26, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI) in Gardena, California, in honor of this year being the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, that authorized the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans into American concentration camps during World War II.

Featured in the program are Dr. Donald Hata, Emeritus Professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who was incarcerated at the Gila River concentration camp in Arizona. Read more of this post

Cast in Bronze: Terminology Symposium in San Francisco, October 22, 2011

By Soji Kashiwagi

The main reason for holding a day-long symposium on terminology and the use of U.S. government euphemisms during World War II was not, according to event organizers, to take on the role of the “word police” and tell members of the Japanese American community what they should or should not say regarding what happened some 69 years ago.

In fact, Mako Nakagawa, the Seattle-based author of the Power of Words Resolution which was passed by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) National Council in 2010, said that those who lived through the experience “…have earned the right to call it whatever they want.”

Instead, the event’s focus turned toward educating those in public institutions and museums who cast words in bronze that, as Lane Hirabayashi describes, “…are not strictly or historically accurate like ‘internment,’ or ‘relocation,’ on plaques, memorials, exhibits, and installations in Interpretive Learning Centers.” Read more of this post

Manzanar Commitee Lauds Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga With Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award On July 17, 2011

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga (center), shown here with Manzanar Committee Co-Chairs Kerry Cababa (left) and Bruce Embrey (right), received the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award on July 17, 2011 in Gardena, California.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

GARDENA, CA — At the 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 30, 2011, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, one of the seminal figures in the Japanese American community’s fight for redress and reparations, was announced as the 2011 recipient of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award is named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

But Herzig-Yoshinaga, now 87 years old, was unable to attend the event, which is held at the Manzanar National Historic Site, approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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Manzanar National Historic Site: Special Program Schedule Set For Summer 2011

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


INDEPENDENCE, CA — Since 2004, the National Park Service has invited special guest speakers to the Manzanar Interpretive Center, to share their unique experiences and perspectives with visitors. This summer’s programs are roughly 45 minutes, and offer opportunities for visitors to interact with presenters before and after their programs.

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June 18, 19: Tom Takano Gives Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

Educator Tom Takano will use both images and stories to discuss Manzanar as an icon of American history, and consider its place in our fast-changing world. Tom’s parents were confined at Gila River, Arizona. He will explore some of the important factors that led to World War II internment of Japanese Americans, as well as some of the reasons Manzanar remains relevant today.

July 3, 4: Arthur Ogami Gives Talks at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

Join Arthur and hear his wartime memories of Manzanar, Montana, Tule Lake, North Dakota, and Japan. Arthur arrived at Manzanar days after his twentieth birthday. He worked as an orderly at the Manzanar Hospital, and helped build some of the Manzanar gardens. He later transferred to the Segregation Center at Tule Lake with his family, and expatriated to Japan in 1945. Read more of this post