Manzanar: A Tough Lesson in History

by Emily Zamora On April 2, 1942, Joyce Okazaki, then seven years old, arrived at the Manzanar camp with her family, where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. It was night, and there were no outside lights. Feeling scared, her family clung to one another as they made their way to what would... Continue Reading →

“Speaking Of Camp” Event – Photos, Video

This article was originally published on December 16, 2012. It has been updated to include video rom the event. LOS ANGELES — On December 1, 2012, the Friends of Manzanar sponsored Speaking Of Camp..., an event held at St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center (formerly Maryknoll/Japanese Catholic Center) in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Co-sponsored by... Continue Reading →

Manzanar Committee: Answering Questions From Schools

Editor’s Note: On occasion, the Manzanar Committee receives questions about Manzanar, along with the Japanese American Incarceration experience, from students and teachers from all levels, from K-12 schools, and from colleges and universities across the United States and even from other countries. The Manzanar Committee encourages those with questions to feel free to contact us.... Continue Reading →

More From Okazaki On Use of “Concentration Camp;” Refutes Rafu Shimpo Columnist George Yoshinaga

On September 8, 2010, Rafu Shimpo columnist George Yoshinaga once again railed against the use of concentration camp to describe the camps that Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents were imprisoned in during World War II.In Yoshinaga’s column, “Horse’s Mouth: Raku, A Japanese Restaurant” (Yoshinaga’s comments were also included in a separate column,... Continue Reading →

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