Q-and-A with longtime activist and mentor Alan Nishio

Editor’s Note: This Q-and-A-format interview was originally posted on the Manzanar Committee’s blog prior to the 2020 virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage. https://manzanarcommittee.org/2020/04/25/nishio-q Alan Nishio, who is the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage, was awarded the Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Award for his leadership during the Redress Movement in the 1980s, along […]

DNA results confirm body found near Manzanar concentration camp site was missing Nikkei

INYO COUNTY, Calif. — Remains found Oct. 7, 2019 near the Manzanar concentration camp in California’s Inyo County were determined to be those of Giichi Matsumura, who had gone missing in July of 1945, said a joint news release by the Inyo County Sheriff and the Manzanar Historic Site. On Oct. 7, 2019, two hikers […]

Remains found may be Manzanar inmate

Skeletal remains discovered by hikers near Mount Williamson on Oct. 7 could be that of a Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp prisoner who disappeared July 29, 1945, while hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Associated Press reported. In the closing days of World War II, a man from Manzanar had joined other Japanese American […]

Paul Bannai, first Japanese American to serve in California State Legislature, dies at 99

Former California State Assemblyman Paul Takeo Bannai, the first Japanese American elected to serve in the California State Legislature, peacefully passed away in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 14, 2019. He was 99. Bannai was born on July 4, 1920, 180 miles northeast of Denver, in Delta, Colo. He grew up in other towns in […]

Annual concentration camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on

LOS ANGELES — After being expelled from university for “inciting a riot,” fighting for African Americans’ civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community which had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier. Just 22 years old at the time of the first pilgrimage to […]

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 […]

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