Category: Racial Justice

Mysteries…

One of the most interesting things about the Tule Lake Camp concerns things that are NO LONGER VISIBLE…or, REMNANTS of things that are long gone… There are Mysteries to unpack and Stories to tell. Remnants of buildings and structures can be found all over… Continue Reading “Mysteries…”

Buildings and Structures

We’ve seen the layout of the land… Now, let’s take a look at buildings and structures from the Tule Lake WRA Camp that are still there, intact, on the site.  There are many more of them than first meets the eye…hidden in plain sight…… Continue Reading “Buildings and Structures”

Getting the Lay of the Land

The Tule Lake WRA prison Camp was placed in the middle of a dry lake bed, on land reclaimed and owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  It was a desolate place, bitterly cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The wind… Continue Reading “Getting the Lay of the Land”

Overcrowding at Tule Lake

Tule Lake was overcrowded from the start.  It also suffered from federal government mismanagement for the duration.  This sorry combination was one of the factors that led to major problems at Tule Lake, to its becoming the maximum security prison camp of the WRA… Continue Reading “Overcrowding at Tule Lake”

Spiritual Stones and Dusty Footprints

The people who were taken to Manzanar retained great human dignity and a profound love of natural beauty. One expression of this was the placement of small clusters of stones near their barracks. This cluster is near where Building 5 in Block 28 was… Continue Reading “Spiritual Stones and Dusty Footprints”

Honor and Sacrifice

This Memorial Day weekend, we remember the honor, the courage, and the sacrifice of Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the American armed forces during World War II. As the United States entered WWII, there were many American politicians, columnists, broadcasters, and military… Continue Reading “Honor and Sacrifice”

Places of Beauty – Pleasure Park

In a place faraway from home…where people were taken against their will and in utter violation of their Constitutional rights…still in that place, there were some who sought to make places of beauty.  It was a tenaciously human act of creation. The largest such… Continue Reading “Places of Beauty – Pleasure Park”

The Immensity of Place

When I first drove to Manzanar in the winter, I was struck immediately by the sheer immensity of the place. The Owens Valley is a vast remote configuration; the plane of the valley floor seems to go on forever. On the western edge there… Continue Reading “The Immensity of Place”

No Meals at Home

It might have been a place of fond memories of songs and skits were it a summer camp dining hall. It might have been a place of stability were it a military Mess Hall. The first would have been part of a voluntary experience.… Continue Reading “No Meals at Home”

The Women’s Latrine

As if the lack of privacy in the barracks was not enough, the bathroom and shower facilities were housed in military-style latrine buildings. The one shown here is a reconstruction of a Women’s Latrine (there was one for women and one for men in… Continue Reading “The Women’s Latrine”

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