I’m packing my overnight bag for a weekend excursion to the Owens Valley, to visit Manzanar, a former WWII internment camp for citizens of Japanese heritage. I’ll be traveling with California State University, Sacramento, professor Wayne Mayeda, a group of former internees, students from CSUS, and a team of teachers from my district.
Our journey commemorates an injustice that began during the spring of 1942, in an act that denied thousands of citizens of their constitutional rights when the U.S. government rounded up the entire West Coast Japanese American community and “relocated” them to mass incarceration camps.
The very talented videographer Doug Niva will be joining me for the trip. Our goal is to interview those who experienced – or witnessed – first hand the internment experience at Manzanar. We will be adding those primary accounts and reflections to our growing Time of Remembrance website.
So if you teach about Japanese internment and have something in particular you’d like me to research during our whirlwind weekend, please let me know.