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Greg Todd from New York wrote on February 16, 2016 on 7:49 pm:
Excellent show. I visited Manzanar 20 years ago and have wanted to know more ever since.
Eric & Katherine Baumgartner from Redding, CT wrote on February 16, 2016 on 4:50 pm:
A fascinating look at one of the darkest episodes in American history. A visit to Manzanar NHS should be on every American's must-see list.
Charlotte Honda from New Fairfield, CT wrote on February 15, 2016 on 6:38 pm:
Memories, dreams & harsh realities of part of my life history. Thank you.
Nick & Josh from Seattle wrote on February 9, 2016 on 2:35 pm:
Enjoyed viewing so many pieces of history. Thank you!
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Mohd Arif from New Delhi wrote on January 16, 2016 on 8:34 pm:
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Denise Matsubara Lapidus from Berkeley, CA wrote on December 17, 2015 on 3:54 am:
Hope this exhibit makes its way to California soon.
Maria Andrade from Boise wrote on December 12, 2015 on 9:36 pm:
Will we ever learn? Jailing children and women asylum seekers in modern day internment camps at Artesia, Berks, Karnes and Diley
Andrew Free from Nashville, TN wrote on December 12, 2015 on 9:33 pm:
Dilley, Texas; Karnes, Texas; Berks, Pennsylvania =
Yvonne Morikawa Hartman from Strasburg, VA wrote on December 8, 2015 on 1:51 pm:
Many thanks for this information. My father was one of the many held at Manzanar.
Marlene from New Haven, CT wrote on December 7, 2015 on 9:02 pm:
Thanks for the exhibit.
Connie Royster from New Haven, CT wrote on December 7, 2015 on 8:31 pm:
Just coming out of the manuscripts room, it is a coincidence that I happen to visit this exhibit today -- Pearl Harbor Day. Remembering YDS alum Fumiye who witnessed the bomb and established an endowed scholarship for peace studies.
Catherine Ladnier from Greenwich, CT wrote on December 7, 2015 on 7:10 pm:
I visited the exhibit last week and found it very moving. Since 2010, I have been putting on programs on the Japanese American experience --based on letters written by Mills College students. The Mills girls wrote to the President Aurelia Reinhardt from their internment camps. The President was a 1905 PhD from Yale. Your exhibit had a piece from Mine Okubo. Mills College gave her her first public showing. I would be most interested in contributing to your programs. My website is www.deareva.org.
Perren Reilley from Dallas wrote on December 6, 2015 on 8:15 am:
Please remember Mikiso Hane.

"No scholar has done more than Mikiso Hane to enable Westerners to understand what Japan's modern history has really meant to the Japanese people," wrote historian John Dower of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about Hane's books in 1992.

Hane was born in 1922 in Hollister, California, to Japanese immigrant parents and lived there until the age of ten, when his parents sent him to Japan, where he lived with an uncle and attended school in Hiroshima.

Hane returned to the United States in 1940, and following the outbreak of war with Japan in 1941, he was interned by the United States government in a camp in Arizona from May 1942 until October 1943.

After 18 months in the internment camp, Hane applied for a position teaching Japanese at a program operated by the U.S. Army at Yale University. Following the war he earned college degrees at Yale — a bachelor's degree in 1952, a master's degree in 1953, and a doctoral degree in 1957 -- paying his own way through college by teaching Japanese and setting type for an Asian studies journal.

Hane's books on women and peasants -- segments of Japanese society often overlooked in traditional histories are credited with revolutionizing Japanese historical scholarship through extensive use of personal narratives. "The oral history tradition started in the United States with Studs Terkel's interviewing style," Hane told an interviewer in 1983. "I wanted to know what life meant for peasants, as individuals, in pre-war Japan; how women viewed life. I am interested in the personal experiences of individuals."

According to Dower, Hane went beyond "the elites and famous intellectuals... to those ground beneath the wheels of so-called progress. and he has revealed this to us in the most simple and eloquent way possible -- by letting the Japanese speak in their own numerous and varied voices."

Dower said Hane's research has been "more than just a significant scholarly accomplishment. It is a great humanistic contribution as well."
Terrence May from Boulder, CO wrote on December 5, 2015 on 6:15 pm:
When I first saw Dorothea Lange's photographs of the Mochida family and learned they were from Hayward, CA, I was simply stunned. I was born in Hayward a few short years later, and simply could not believe this injustice happened in my hometown. It made it very personal for me. I regret I will not be able to attend this exhibit, but truly appreciate your efforts in putting it together. History teaches us lessons if we are willing to learn. Today's political environment is ripe for repeating our mistakes - let's learn from this exhibit!