Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

Each year, the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee sponsors a pilgrimage to Manzanar, the first Japanese internment camp to be established during World War II. More than 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former internees, attend the pilgrimage. The purpose of the annual pilgimage is to commemorate the unjust imprisonment of more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in 10 American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States.

Jaymie Takeshita, a 19-year-old student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), had the priviledge of attending this year’s pilgrimage held on April 24, and she wrote of her experiences in the form of a letter to her grandmother, a second generation Japanese American (nissei) who was imprisoned at a US concentration camp during WWII. Read about Jaymie’s moving experiences as she learns the truth about her grandmother’s life at “camp” in “Letter to Obaa-chan.”

*Obaa-chan: Informal form for “grandmother” (Obaa-san is the formal form)

Japanese internment camp


~ by Mika Doyle on May 17, 2010.

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