Manzanar Committee to Host Book Signing Featuring Dr. Arthur Hansen’s “Manzanar Mosaic”

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Arthur A. Hansen, author of the new book, Manzanar Mosaic: Essays and Oral Histories from America’s First Concentration Camp, will read passages from the book and sign copies of the book on Saturday, May 20, 2023, 2:00 PM, in the Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

“Dr. Arthur Hansen has been a significant force in the life of the Manzanar Committee, and the Manzanar National Historic Site,” Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey said. “But his contributions extend well beyond the history of Manzanar. His recording and documenting of the unsung heroes of the redress movement, including those who refused to tolerate the forced removal, or those committed to social justice, has a long and distinguished track record. Art’s chronicling the life and contributions of those ‘unquiet Nisei,’ resisters and principled individuals who demanded the wrongs of camp be recognized, and made right is well known.”

Manzanar Mosaic provides us with a powerful collection of first-hand accounts of life behind barbed wire,” Embrey added. “In this unique collection of oral histories, Dr. Hansen has assembled the stories of individuals who found themselves thrown together in Manzanar by racist government policies. This collection of four of the most consequential figures from Manzanar adds another important chapter to our ongoing discovery of the many intricacies of the forced removal and unjust incarceration of our families. Moveover, his continued exploration and reflection on the Manzanar revolt of December 1942 is also of special interest, especially how he reflects on his early work.”

Copies of Manzanar Mosaic will be available for purchase at the event.

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located at 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, California 90247 (see map below). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (323) 662-5102 or send e-mail to

Download/print a flyer about this event here (PDF: 560kb): Download Flyer

The Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk program, the youth education project, Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive, and the Sue Kunitomi Student Awards Program, is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, check out our web site at, call us at (323) 662-5102, or e-mail us at You can also follow the Manzanar Committee on Facebook, on Twitter at @manzanarcomm, on Instagram at @manzanarcommittee, on Pinterest and on YouTube.


Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Gardena, California, via Google Maps

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