Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2015: E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance (DOR) program will be held on Saturday, February 21, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

The DOR continues to be dedicated to commemorating the impact of E.O. 9066 on the Issei, Nisei and subsequent generations of Japanese Americans. It also seeks to demonstrate how the government’s World War II violations of civil liberties and human rights toward one ethnic group- based solely on race, relates to today’s political and social milieu.

The 2015 program’s theme, E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today, was inspired by both the traditional commemorative nature of the DOR and the current critical issues of how the United States justice system continues to harm communities of color with unaccountable police violence, profiling and mass incarceration.

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“Speaking Of Camp” Event – Photos, Video

This article was originally published on December 16, 2012. It has been updated to include video from the event.

Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II are shown here telling their
stories at Speaking Of Camp, an event held at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Center in Los Angeles’ Little Toyko, on December 1, 2012.
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Photo: Alan Broch

LOS ANGELES — On December 1, 2012, the Friends of Manzanar sponsored Speaking Of Camp…, an event held at St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center (formerly Maryknoll/Japanese Catholic Center) in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Co-sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, the event was part of an ongoing effort to capture the significance of individual stories of those who came through the World War II camp experience.

Videographers also recorded incarceree stories and memories of their days behind the barbed wire.

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2011 Cherry Blossom Festival Scheduled For September 24-25, 2011 In Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

The following was excerpted from a press release by the Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal.

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Manzanar Committee to be honored

To download a printable flyer,
click on the image above.

LOS ANGELES — Celebrating its tenth year, the Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal will be held on September 24-25, 2011, in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo (enter the festival at the intersection of Temple and Alameda Streets).

Produced by the grass-roots, 100 percent volunteer Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal, a fiscally sponsored project of the Pasadena Arts Council, the annual festival promotes and educates attendees about the culture of Americans of Japanese Ancestry, along with Japanese culture. This year, the festival recognizes the history of Japanese Americans during the World War II era and Japan Rebuilt/10,000 Origami Cranes. Read more of this post

Manzanar NHS To Host The Play, “Bronzeville,” May 20-23, 2011

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

INDEPENDENCE, CA — In Spring 1942, the U.S. Army forcibly removed more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their West Coast homes; over 11,000 of them were imprisoned at Manzanar. Communities like Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles were abandoned literally overnight.

To download a printable flyer,
click on the image above.

At the same time, Blacks from the Deep South headed west to work in defense industry. Prohibited from living in “white” neighborhoods by restrictive housing codes, many people moved into Little Tokyo, eventually renaming the area Bronzeville.

The story of Bronzeville will come to life in the Manzanar Interpretive Center from May 20 through 23, as Robey Theatre Company, Inyo Council for the Arts, and the Manzanar National Historic Site present the play Bronzeville.

Co-written by Japanese American playwright Tim Toyama and African American playwright Aaron Woolfolk, and directed by Ben Guillory, Bronzeville explores the conflicting reactions of members of a Black family when they discover a Japanese American hiding in “their” attic to avoid being sent to Manzanar. Each person wants to “do the right thing,” but they have differing ideas of what that means. Read more of this post