Manzanar Committee Member Joyce Okazaki Shares Her Story On National Public Radio In Fresno

Photo: Ansel Adams

Manzanar Committee member Joyce Okazaki, who, as a child, was one of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II (Okazaki, who was then Joyce Yuki Nakamura, is pictured at left in this famous photo by Ansel Adams taken at Manzanar), appeared on Valley Public Radio (KVPR-FM 89.3; National Public Radio in California’s Central Valley) in Fresno, California to speak of her experiences behind the barbed wire at Manzanar, located in Callifornia’s Owens Valley, just over the Eastern Sierras from Fresno.

Okazaki was a guest on Quality of Life, a weekly show on KVPR. The show, entitled “Pearl Harbor Remembrance,” aired on December 7, 2010, the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read more of this post

41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: Reflecting and Revisiting Living History

LiAnn Ishizuka (left) with Jaymie Takeshita (right) at the Manzanar cemetery during the 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 24, 2010.
Photo: LiAnn Ishizuka

by LiAnn Ishizuka

When I looked out the car window as we approached the barren landscape of dust and tumbleweeds, I couldn’t help but notice the majesty of the Sierra Nevada backdrop. Snow was sprinkled atop the rocky foundation as if perfectly layering the mountains in a picturesque way—something that could have been taken straight from a promotional Mammoth tourism leaflet.

Mother Nature’s beauty was overwhelming.

We continued to drive until I saw it. In the distance, a hanging placard was at the entrance of the Manzanar site. At a closer glance, the words, “Manzanar War Relocation Center” were carved into the wood. It was the entrance to a place that was once Native American land but became an internment camp, and now a place of living history. Read more of this post

Fresno State: Public Help Sought To Contact Japanese American Alumni

The following is a press release from California State University, Fresno (Fresno State).

HONORARY DEGREES: Fresno State will hold a special Commencement ceremony and luncheon on May 20, 2010, for Japanese Americans receiving honorary degrees and their families. The event will begin at 11:00 AM in the Satellite Student Union on campus.

California State University, Fresno is trying to locate 87 Japanese American former students who may be eligible for honorary degrees because their college studies were interrupted by Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942. Read more of this post