Day of remembrance at Manzanar

Alan Miyatake

Alan Miyatake

Toyo Miyatake and camera

Toyo Miyatake and camera

Day of Remembrance is an annual observation of the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which allowed the forced internment of some 110,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.  Toyo Miyatake, his wife and four children were among

those held at Manzanar Relocation Camp south of Independence in 1942.  The public will have a chance to meet Miyatake’s grandson, Alan Miyatake,  who will talk about his grandfather’s life and work Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18 at Manzanar.

This year’s event also includes Robert Nakamura’s award-winning film, Infinite Shades of Gray which focuses on Miyatake’s photography at Manzanar.  Miyatake brought a lens and film holder in his luggage to Manzanar where he was determined to record camp life.  Eventually, he was permitted to open a photo studio and captured thousands of images of the people and the place.  This spring, the Manzanar National Historic Site is exhibiting 40 images by Toyo Miyatake in partnership with Eastern California Museum.

The Day of Remembrance at Manzanar is free and open to the public.  Join Alan Miyatake at Manzanar on Sunday February 17 at 2pm and Monday February 18 at 11am.

 

One Response to Day of remembrance at Manzanar

  1. Tourbillon February 16, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    A small but lamentable part of the history of WWII. Pity the War is almost faded from American memory.

    For those so inclined, William Manchester, a WWII Marine, wrote eminently readable history before he passed, including best-selling biographies of MacArthur (American Caesar) and Churchill (The Last Lion) which really bring home what was going on at the highest levels. He also recounted his personal experiences in Goodbye Darkness for those who want to know what it was like for grunts on the ground in the Pacific.

     

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