NCRR, JANM Announce Details For 2011 Day of Remembrance In Los Angeles

Former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles‘ Little Tokyo, sponsored by the National Coalition for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), and the Japanese American National Museum. Read more of this post

Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing Of Frank Seishi Emi

Frank Emi
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Frank Seishi Emi, 94, who passed away on December 1, 2010, in West Covina, California. He was among the over 110,000 Japanese Americans who were unjustly imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II.

Born in Los Angeles on September 23, 1916, Emi was running his family’s thriving produce business just west of Downtown Los Angeles when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, authorizing the forced relocation and imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents on the West Coast. Read more of this post

Two Views On Frank Seishi Emi: A True American Hero

Glen Kitayama (far left) joins NCRR members, including Frank Emi (second from right)
during a Los Angeles press conference hailing the signing of the
Civil Liberties Act of 1988 on August 10, 1988.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

by Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — Last April, at the Manzanar At Dusk program that follows the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, when participants broke up into small groups to share their stories and insights about Manzanar, the Japanese American Internment experience, and how it remains relevant today, one thing struck me…

For the first time in the Read more of this post

Connections And Common Bonds Are Key At Manzanar At Dusk Program

Matt Ichinose (left) and Eryn Tokuhara (center) listen intently to a former
Japanese American concentration camp prisoner tell his story during a
small group discussion at the 2010 Manzanar At Dusk program, held at
Lone Pine High School on April 24, 2010.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LONE PINE, CA AND LOS ANGELES — Thirteen years ago, a group of about forty people, primarily college students, gathered for an evening program at a campground just west of Independence, California, about six miles north of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

That evening, they talked about Manzanar and the Japanese American Internment experience, along with its surrounding issues, during an intergenerational group discussion, connecting the past with present-day concerns. They also shared their own experiences through creative means such as poetry and other cultural performances.

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