JCCNC Manzanar National Historic Site Visit
Please join me as we prepare for our biennial Manzanar National Historic Site visit. At the outbreak of World War II, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans lived on the West Coast. In the wake of the war, despite being United States citizens, the Japanese American community was treated with much discrimination. Immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US Government acted resulting in their forcible relocation of Japanese Americans to remote places such as Manzanar, the first of ten US relocation centers, commonly known as internment camps. In these desolate locations, the Japanese American community endured in exceedingly difficult living conditions, surrounded by barbed-wire fences and under armed guard. This tour provides an opportunity to hear valuable testimony of incarcerees, see the harsh living environment and learn about life in Manzanar through exhibits and displays at the museum. The 48th Manzanar Pilgrimage program will feature guest speakers, an interfaith memorial service, entertainment, and “ondo” dance. In this challenging time, this journey takes on greater significance to remind us that we must not allow fear to impair American values, nor allow history to repeat itself. I invite you to join us on this important journey toward greater understanding of this difficult moment in US history.
Chairman, Community Relations Committee
2017 Manzanar Fill-In.pdf