Manzanar Committee Seeks Community Support For New Youth Education Project

College students will travel to the Manzanar National Historic Site this October for two days of intensive
experiential, place-based learning as part of the Manzanar Committee’s new program,
Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On August 20, the Manzanar Committee launched a new project aimed at educating college-age youth about the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, and providing them with tools to help them teach that critical history to others.

Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive is a project of the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service, 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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AUDIO: Interview with Manzanar NHS Interpretive Ranger Rose Masters

Park Rangers Alisa Lynch (left) and Rose Masters (right), part of the interpretive staff at Manzanar National Historic Site,
are shown here during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017.
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Photo: Geri Ferguson/Manzanar Committee

We’re a little late with this, but on May 25, 2017, Gideon Culman, who publishes the K Street Coaching blog, interviewed Rose Masters, Park Ranger (interpretive staff), Manzanar National Historic Site, in a piece entitled, “Race Prejudice, War Hysteria, and a Failure of Political Leadership – Interview.”

The interview runs the gamut of Manzanar history and its stories; the Japanese American Incarceration experience and much more.

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VIDEO: Educating Our Youth – Manzanar NHS’ Junior Ranger Program

Manzanar National Historic Site Ranger Rose Masters (left) speaks to a class from a local school who are
participating in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program.
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Photo (screen capture): Alisa Lynch/National Park Service

Once again, the Manzanar Committee gets a reminder of why we do the work that we do…

Back on April 19, 2016, eleven days before the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, a teacher from a local school brought her students to the Manzanar National Historic Site where they participated in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, in which they are taught to Explore, Learn, and Protect!, which is the motto of the program.

From the National Park Service’s web site: “The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.”

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2016 Day of Remembrance At Manzanar NHS – Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA

The following is an announcement from the National Park Service.


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Please join us at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 19 OR Saturday, February 20, for a special presentation in honor of the 2016 Day of Remembrance when Manzanar Park Ranger Rose Masters will present, Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA.

When the Wartime Civil Control Administration (WCCA) and later, the War Relocation Authority (WRA), forcibly confined more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast of the United States, these government entities claimed they intended to uphold the constitutional promise of religious freedom. Ranger Rose’s presentation aims to clarify if this intention matched the reality of spiritual practices in the camps. Which religious practices were allowed? Which were limited or forbidden? What does a concept like freedom of religion mean when it must reside within Manzanar—a place very much defined by freedoms our government wrongfully revoked?

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