Winner of the 2013 Association of Partners for Public Lands Excellence Award
Children of Manzanar Edited by Heather C. Lindquist
Foreword by Mary Daniel, Epilogue by Alisa Lynch
Manzanar History Association is especially proud to introduce its first publication, a tribute to those whose lives were forever shaped by their childhoods at Manzanar. The book's photographs and remembrances--most of them archival treasures from Manzanar National Historic Site, and many appearing here in print for the first time—vividly record a barren world of guard towers, barbed wire fences, and tarpapered barracks, while also capturing the remarkable resilience of children, shown skipping rope, doing homework, and growing up. You will see fear and anxiety when you look into their eyes, but you will also see that indelible spark of joyous abandon unique to childhood.
Quotes from Manzanar's children, most now in their eighties and nineties, are accompanied by photographs from both official and unofficial photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake, himself an internee who for months secretly documented daily life inside the camp, and then openly for the remaining years Manzanar operated.
"Thanks to the talent of photographers Toyo Miyatake, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and others, these images convey--more than words ever could--the absurd supposition that children were also the 'enemy' simply because of their race. Seventy years later, I am still affected upon viewing photos of my family and childhood friends as we attempted to create a community within confines of barbed wire." --Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, co-author of Farewell to Manzanar
"I've read a lot of books on Manzanar, but this one opened my eyes to a whole different world. Children of Manzanar is a powerful and moving book."--Alan Miyatake, grandson of photographer Toyo Miyatake
Paperback: 160 pp.
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