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‘Manzanar’ author speaks out                                                                                                                                                                                    CLAREMONT
‘Manzanar’author recounts chapter f history

       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.”

                                                                                                                                                                      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
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
                                                                                                                                                                  david.allen@inlandnewspapers.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. Internees had never told      “It was a terrible thing, but         facebook.com/davidallencolumnist and follow
I said.                                                                                their stories.                    we have to remember how we               @davidallen909 on Twitter.                    wes.woods@inlandnewspapers.com 909-483-8549

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