The postwar shadow looms

LIFE AFTER MANZANAR By Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2018, 208 pp., $28, hardcover) In their new book, “Life After Manzanar,” Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist throw new light on the lives of Japanese Americans in the postwar era, tracing the experience of the former camp inmates through resettlement, the […]

Speakers at L.A. Day of Remembrance urge all to speak out against injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, featured guest speakers urging community members not to forget the unjust mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The speakers also encouraged the audience to speak out against President Donald Trump’s administration’s discriminatory […]

A narrative homage to the WWII incarceration timeline

Among the estimated 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly relocated during World War II, stories abound of the men, women and children whose lives were interrupted, broken and rebuilt in countless ways. Offered midway through the Films of Remembrance program, “Hidden Histories” presents three poetic narrative shorts that each depict a different phase […]

Renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake dies

Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued by the Manzanar Committee. LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar incarceree and renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, who passed away on Dec. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Miyatake family is best known for being the […]

There is no precedent

We must learn from the grave injustices of Manzanar and other World War II incarceration camps — not doom ourselves to repeat one of America’s darkest mistakes. Every national park site has a story to tell us. Some are difficult to hear. But perhaps those are the ones we need to hear most. One such […]

‘Monumental’ research on Manzanar

REFLECTING ON WWII, MANZANAR, AND THE WRA By Arthur L. Williams (Victoria, B.C.: FriesenPress, 2014, 256 pp., $17.99, paperback) Manzanar occupies a special place in my consciousness and conscience. I was first introduced to this eastern California site in 1972 by a California State University, Fullerton History nizpartment colleague and close friend who was a […]

Dancing for the sake of change

BISHOP, Calif. — Each year, for the past 11 years, a group of about 60 people from the Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Council on American Islamic Relations- Sacramento Valley has made a pilgrimage to the  Manzanar National Historic Site, one of 10 former incarceration camps where Japanese Americans were […]

LETTERS: Rethinking about Manzanar

Dear Editor, Just a note to thank Martha Nakagawa for her excellent article on the 46th Manzanar Pilgrimage which appeared in Nichi Bei Weekly’s April 30, 2015 edition. Felt like I was there. I especially enjoyed her summary of Satsuki Ina’s keynote speech. Ina is very insightful and made me rethink many things in a […]

LA Times shows indifference, shortsightedness by supporting LADWP’s Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch

On January 2, 2014, the Los Angeles Times published an unsigned editorial in support of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposal to build a 1,200-acre solar energy generating facility adjacent to the Manzanar National Historic Site. You can read their editorial, “A Solar Array Won’t Hurt The Mood At Manzanar,” at http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-manzanar-dwp-solar-array-20140102,0,1802826.story. […]

A stirring memoir of adolescent Manzanar stories weaved with senior hiking adventures

MANZANAR TO MOUNT WHITNEY: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker By Hank Umemoto (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, Books 2013, 224 pp., $16.95, paperback) My first trip of many to the World War II Manzanar concentration camp site occurred in the spring of 1972. On that occasion I accompanied my California State University, Fullerton, Nisei […]

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