Dr. Arthur A. Hansen Named Co-Recipient of 2014 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, shown here during the Japanese American National Museum’s 2013 National Conference in Seattle, Washington, July 2013.
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Photo courtesy Arthur A. Hansen

LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that renowned scholar and co-founder of the Japanese American Oral History Program, Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, has been chosen as one of the 2014 recipients of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

Educator and former Manzanar incarceree Mas Okui was also named as a recipient (see separate press release).

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence (see map below).

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Revisiting Camp and Community: A Consideration of Its Relevance for the 2012 Day of Remembrance at the Manzanar National Historic Site

Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, shown here delivering the keynote address at the 39th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 26, 2008,
was a guest lecturer over President’s Day weekend at the
Manzanar National Historic Site, February 18-19, 2012.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton, was the guest lecturer at the Manzanar National Historic Site, February 18-19, 2012, when he discussed Manzanar in a local, Owens Valley-related context, while highlighting universal themes such as fear, friendship, loss, and loyalty. The lectures were held in honor of the Day of Remembrance.

Dr. Hansen has graciously shared his presentation with us.


by Dr. Arthur A. Hansen

As probably many of you here today are well aware, the year 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing on February 19, 1942, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of Executive Order 9066. It was this presidential order that set in motion the forced mass eviction of over 100,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, or Nikkei—two-thirds of them U.S. citizens—from their West Coast homes and communities, and their subsequent incarceration in U S. Government-sanctioned confinement centers, such as the one here in the Owens Valley at this very Manzanar site. Read more of this post