JCCNC Manzanar National Historic Site Visit

 Please join us 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 the 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.  This year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969.  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.

 We invite you to join us on this important journey, especially in this opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary, toward greater understanding of this difficult moment in US history.

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