Gann Matsuda

Gann Matsuda serves as blog editor, handles public relations and is the coordinator of the Manzanar At Dusk program for the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, which has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969. He got his start in community activism back in the mid-1980's at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a member of the UCLA Nikkei Student Union. In his spare time, Matsuda is a freelance writer covering the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League, becoming a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association in 2009.

Updated April 2015

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What’s New At Manzanar National Historic Site: Construction On Historic Women’s Latrine Has Begun

With the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar becoming a National Historic Site coming up on March 3, 2017, and with the much more significant anniversary happening just a few weeks prior—the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, the Manzanar National Historic Site is working to bring two new exhibits online.

As reported on September 22, work is in progress on a classroom exhibit, which will be housed in the Block 14 barracks. But also in the works is the construction of an historic replica of the Block 14 women’s latrine, with some ...

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What’s New at Manzanar National Historic Site: Classroom Exhibit Is Taking Shape

Slideshow above: Manzanar Classroom Exhibit—Work In Progress. Photos by Gann Matsuda are ©2016 Manzanar Committee. All rights reserved. All materials shown here should be considered to be drafts, not final versions that will be used in the exhibit. Click on any photo to view a larger image.

February 19, 2017 will mark the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, more than two-thirds native-born American citizens, into ten American concentration camps during World War II.

Coincidentally, just a ...

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Rev. Paul Nakamura: “A Ministry Bound With The Quest For Justice And Civil Rights For All” – Part 2

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LOS ANGELES — Reverend Takeichi “Paul” Nakamura, 88, pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California, who has been an integral part of the Manzanar Committee since its earliest years, has blended activism and faith in ways that few religious leaders have done before.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his parishioners and so many others, will be honored by the Manzanar Committee at the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, as the recipient of the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one ...

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Rev. Paul Nakamura: “A Ministry Bound With The Quest For Justice And Civil Rights For All” – Part 1

LOS ANGELES — Those who have attended the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and have participated in its interfaith service have probably noticed him—a small, older man, one of the Christian ministers, leading the crowd in reciting the litany.

You may remember him because of the hat he always wears, or maybe it was his slight Pidgin English accent, a by-product of his upbringing in Waialua, Oahu, Hawai’i.

That unassuming, very modest, yet powerfully spoken minister is Reverend Takeichi “Paul” Nakamura, 88, who serves as pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his ...

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Future of the Nikkei Community, Not Just the Manzanar and Tule Lake Pilgrimages, Was the Topic of JANM Event

Panelists representing the Manzanar and Tule Lake Pilgrimages, along with students, primarily from the University of California, Los Angeles, discussed the origins, history and future of both pilgrimages during Community Builders: Japanese American Activism, 1960-1980 (Part 1), an event sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) on October 8.

The panelists included California Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Bruce Embrey, Co-Chair of the Manzanar Committee, and Stan Shikuma and Barbara Takei, both with the Tule Lake Committee.

After concentrating mostly on the origins and history of each pilgrimage (see Panel Looks At Past, Present And Future Of Manzanar And Tule Lake ...

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