Katari Students Trip To Manzanar National Historic Site, November 3-4, 2018 – In Photos

Group photo at the Manzanar cemetery monument from the November 3-4, 2018 Katari trip for
college students hosted by the Manzanar Committee and the National Park Service
Photo: Bernadette Johnson for Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

During the weekend of November 3-4, 2018, the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, hosted eight students from the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego in an intensive, interactive, place-based learning experience on the unjust incarceration of Japanese/Japanese Americans during World War II.

You can read a detailed description of our project (and we really urge you to do so), Katari, which means to tell stories in Japanese, at:

Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive

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Manzanar Committee Seeks Community Support for Phase II of Youth Education Project

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey (left) during the early portion of the discussion on
the Manzanar “Riot,” held in the replica mess hall at Manzanar National Historic Site.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On September 3, the Manzanar Committee announced the launch of Phase II of their pilot project aimed at educating college-age youth about the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, and providing them with tools to help them teach that critical history to others.

The Committee also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds for the project.

This project began in 2017 under the working title, Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive, a partnership between the Manzanar Committee, National Park Service rangers at Manzanar National Historic Site, and the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Long Beach, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

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Exploring Manzanar: Then and Now

One of the inscriptions in the wall of the Manzanar Reservoir written by a Japanese
American incarceree who worked on the reservoir crew.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

During a recent solo trip to the Manzanar National Historic Site in which I spent about 14 hours over roughly two days exploring the site by car and foot, it dawned on me that it was the first time that I was exploring the site in such a detailed fashion or spending as much time doing so.

That realization was spurred by a comment made by Manzanar ranger Rose Masters.

“I can’t believe you’ve never wandered around like this before,” she exclaimed (yes, “exclaimed” is the appropriate verb here).

For those of you who know me fairly well, that must sound really, really strange, if not unbelievable. After all, I’ve been involved with Manzanar for more than 31 years. I’ve been a member of the Manzanar Committee since the mid-1990’s. I served on the Manzanar Advisory Commission from 1992-2002. I’ve been one of the coordinators for the Manzanar At Dusk program since 2008, and now I’m one of the coordinators of a project named, Katari, which I urge you to read about here.
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Manzanar To Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 27-29, 2018

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 49th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress to Japanese Americans though a presidential apology and individual payment to all surviving former incarcerees.

Pilgrimage Weekend 2018 events begin Friday, April 27, with a public reception hosted by the Friends of Eastern California Museum from 4:00 to 6:00 PM The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence (see map below). It features exhibits including Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life and exhibits on other facets of local and regional history. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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