Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Alabama Hills

Uh... Yeah. #airstream #liveriveted #airstreamwithkids

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Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which ordered the relocation of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, many of them U.S. citizens, to camps like the one we visited today at Manzanar. There, they lived as normal a life as they could salvage, with a notable lack of freedom, for three years until the end of the war. At the very same time, my father was a boy living in China, his Russian grandparents having fled south in front of the Russian Revolution and established businesses in the international concessions. Like those who lived at Manzanar, he and 13,000 other allied (though born in China, he had an American passport) civilians in China and Hong Kong (130,000 around the world) were quickly rounded up and relocated into internment camps. While I'm always trying to find more information on conditions in the camp where my father spent ages 3-5, the excellent displays at Manzanar gave a powerful glimpse into the lives of all those shamefully dislocated by war.

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Fun with the SlowShutter app. Will be hard to leave this place tomorrow. #airstream #liveriveted

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