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May 5, 2012 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story on Claremont Graduate University SISAT professors who were invited to Washington by the White House.
Page: A4 Edition: ON - ON - 4 - 05/09/12 Typeset by: BLYNES05/08/12 19:44 CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK A4 INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN ❘ dailybulletin.com WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 ‘Manzanar’ author speaks out CLAREMONT ‘Manzanar’author recounts chapter f history o NOW S HE WAS nearing 40 rectified it. This doesn’t happen before she spoke about her in other countries,” Wakatsuki NEWS FROM YOUR CITY 24/7 ● More blogs at dailybulletin.com childhood experience in an Houston said. internment camp for Japanese “Today, we should know bet- Americans. ter ... Our consciousness has Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston changed.” Now Claremont After her talk, many in the Claremont 5 Second Film Festival had never even told her own husband about the camp, which audience lined up to have her The fourth annual Claremont 5 Second Film she entered in 1942 at age 7. sign their books. A half-dozen Festival starts at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Laemmle She explained last Friday to an were fellow Manzanar internees. Theatre. audience in Rancho Cucamonga I spoke with one of them, Featuring films from Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, that she had considered the Tayeko Hashitsume of West England and Australia, the 21/2-hour show will experience a dim memory of Covina. She was 13 when her display movies of up to 15 minutes. something she preferred not to family had to leave Boyle The Laemmle Theatre is at 450 W. Second St. revisit. Heights for Manzanar. General admission is $15 while tickets can be Then, in the early 1970s, a “My parents really suffered. purchased without a surcharge at www.5second- nephew asked about Manzanar, We had to evacuate in 24 hours. filmfestival.com. the camp where family members They lost everything,” Hashit- A $50 reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the had been relocated during sume said. nearby Back Abbey, 128 N. Oberlin Ave. World War II. His own parents Her daughter, Vickie Takata, Last year’s show sold out, organizers said in a hadn’t wanted to discuss it. said she learned a lot from news release. Wakatsuki Houston responded David Allen Staff Wakatsuki Houston’s talk. Her For more information, contact 909-477-1747. with the breezy anecdotes about Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of “Farewell to Manzanar,” parents, she said, never spoke camp life that family members makes a point during a talk in Rancho Cucamonga as Library much about Manzanar. relied on in private conversa- Director Robert Karatsu looks on. Even as late as a decade ago, White House invites CGU professors tion. when her father was going to The White House and Todd Park, U.S. chief Her nephew, however, got Her husband, James, helped talk about Manzanar to his technology officer, recently invited Claremont right to the point. draw her out through taped granddaughter’s class, all he Graduate University professors Tom Horan and “That’s bizarre,” he said. “Aun- interviews and craft the narra- initially wanted to provide was Brian Hilton to Washington, according to a CGU tie, you were locked up in tive. facts from books. His daughter news release. prison. How did you feel?” DAVID ALLEN Internees suffered humiliation had to draw him out. Horan and Hilton, based in the CGU’s Informa- Startled by the probing ques- Given a few minutes with tion Systems and Technology, were invited for a and post-traumatic stress, she tion, she burst into tears — Wakatsuki Houston, I asked May 16 meeting to brainstorm how data and said. surely not the response her how reaction to her book has technology can be used for public safety pur- nephew had envisioned. As we chatted, the woman in “You are like a rape victim, changed in four decades. poses, according to the release. (I didn’t ask what he’s doing front of me turned around and sullied by the experience, and afraid to draw attention to it by It’s much warmer now, she Both men are developing public safety and today, but with a direct said she was there because of told me. health information technology projects. approach like that, he would my column too. talking about it,” Wakatsuki Houston explained. “When the book was first Horan is a lead developer of the SafeRoadMaps have made a good journalist.) Nice to feel useful now and Wakatsuki Houston was in then. As an example of the humilia- published, I’d go to these radio website at http://saferoadmaps.org/ that uses shows. You’d have these racists traffic safety data to study dangerous highways Rancho Cucamonga’s Celebra- Wakatsuki Houston came out tion, she said that initially the coming on. I was so glad they and roads, according to the release. tion Hall to talk about “Farewell and, reading from prepared camp latrines had no stalls for privacy. couldn’t see my face,” she said, Hilton develops computerized maps that can to Manzanar,” her 1973 memoir remarks, answered what must miming a horror-stricken look. be used to help rescuers and victims in man of the camp. Some 150 people be commonly asked questions. A boy in the audience who One was how 110,000 Americans had read the book asked about “People couldn’t discern made and natural disasters, according to the attended. The book is the focus between race and citizenship. release. of a range of activities this along the Pacific Coast could be a woman who carried a piece of uprooted and sent to remote Because of race, I couldn’t be an month sponsored by the Public cardboard around to use as a American citizen” in their eyes, Library, for which her appear- camps for the duration of the makeshift divider. He asked she explained. They would tell Brush fire training closes Wilderness Park ance was the kickoff. war based on their ethnicity. Wakatsuki Houston if she had her: “Look what you did to our A multitude of agencies will be joining I’ve had an interest in the For one thing, many weren’t included the scene to be funny. boys in prison camps.” together for a joint brush fire response training officially Americans — due to Not at all, Wakatsuki Houston internment camps since inter- “Never that problem now,” exercise, according to a news release. racism, Japanese immigrants said. viewing Jim Nakano, owner of were barred from becoming she said with satisfaction. “It’s The Claremont Police Department, Community Glendora’s Donut Man shop, “It was shameful,” she said. very different now, thank God. Emergency Response Team and the Claremont citizens. “If you’re treated inhumanely, who had been interned as a boy. After the attack on Pearl That’s how I can see the move- Park Rangers will be participating with the Los A personal connection like that like animals, then it shows a ment we’ve made. The young Angeles County Fire Department from Monday Harbor, the nation panicked and lack of respect for human — the man who makes my feared that Japanese Americans beings. It also showed how people get it.” through Wednesday in the Claremont Wilderness doughnuts was part of a shock- might be disloyal. The media, She’s given hundreds of talks Park. ing chapter in American history Japanese Americans lifted them- around the country and over- Claremont Park Rangers and CERT members Wakatsuki Houston said, fanned — can make all the difference the flames of hostility. There selves up. They made their own seas, to schools and libraries. will keep pedestrians out of the park area start- between dry fact and was virtually no opposition. partitions. They raised their own “I think I’ve been to every ing Sunday at dusk and until 3 p.m. Wednesday. present-day reality. She also addressed why Japa- gardens.” state except Texas,” she said. Fire engines and crews from surrounding areas After previewing the “Farewell nese Americans didn’t talk Despite her outspokenness “I’ve got to get to Texas.” will practice putting water on simulated fires, to Manzanar” event in this about the camps for so many about the camps, Wakatsuki In the meantime, we’re glad placing hoses and practice cutting fire lines in space last week, I took a seat years. Houston says America learned she got to Rancho Cucamonga. the hillside, according to the news release. Friday night as people began “Farewell to Manzanar” began its lesson. Los Angeles County Fire Department air units filing in. Soon, the stranger next In 1988, the U.S. government David Allen writes Wednesday, Friday and as her attempt to tell her story will also participate. to me was telling her friend that solely for her family. She apologized and offered payment Sunday, but not about Texas. Reach him at email@example.com or The exercise is to prepare all the agencies to she’d learned about the event learned, however, that there was to anyone who had been 909-483-9339, read his blog at work together to fight brush fires, according to “from David Allen’s column.” no popular literature on the interned. dailybulletin.com/davidallenblog, check out the release. “I believe I heard my name?” topic. 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