Alan Nishio: More Than 40 Years of Activism, Leadership and Mentorship

The following is an expanded version of a story about 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award recipient Alan Nishio that will appear in the printed program for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 29, 2017.


Alan Nishio
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Photo courtesy Alan Nishio

LOS ANGELES — When one thinks of the most effective activists within the Japanese American community, of its best leaders and its top mentors, Alan Nishio has to be among the names atop the list.

For his more than 40 years of service to the community, Nishio has been named as the recipient of the Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was 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 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Before his family settled in the Venice/Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, Nishio, 71, was born on August 9, 1945, at the Manzanar concentration camp, one of the 11,070 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated there during World War II—more than 110,000 were incarcerated in ten American concentration camps and other confinement sites, usually for more than three years.

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Los Angeles Day of Remembrance To Feature Community Speakers and Cultural Performances

To download a copy of the 2017 Day of Remembrance flyer, click on the
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LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing of UCLA Professor Don T. Nakanishi

Professor Don T. Nakanishi
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LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Professor Emeritus of Education and former Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC), Don T. Nakanishi, 66, who died on March 21.

Nakanishi was born and raised in East Los Angeles where he attended Roosevelt High School. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1971 before attending Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1978.

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Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing Of UCLA Professor Emeritus Alexander Saxton

Alexander Saxton
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UCLA Department
of History

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Alexander Saxton, who passed away on August 20, 2012, in Lone Pine, California, at the age of 93.

Saxton, a UCLA History Professor Emeritus, former Acting Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (UCLA AASC) and former Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the UCLA AASC, was a tremendous supporter of Asian American Studies.

“[Saxton’s involvement with the UCLA AASC] turned out to be one of the most demanding [and rewarding] experiences of my life,” he said, according to a statement issued by David Yoo, Director, UCLA AASC. “Being a proponent of Ethnic Studies at UCLA in the 1970s and ’80s was good combat training.” Read more of this post