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Former Malibu resident remembers forced WWII internment

 Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:11 PM PDT  Link Back
A memorial marker denoting the relocation of 1,000 local residents, including former Malibu resident Amy Ioki, to the Manzanar camp during World War II, will be placed at an intersection in Venice.

By Paul Sisolak / Special to The Malibu Times

Amy Ioki was a member of the only Japanese American family in Malibu-and just 16 years old-when the call came to assemble at the corner of Lincoln and Venice boulevards in Venice, Calif.

It was April 1942, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the United States entered the World War II stage as one of the Allied Big Three. Ioki's family, the Takahashis, was ordered to board the bus en route to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp. It didn't matter that the high school junior, her two older brothers and three sisters were U.S. born; their crime was simply being Japanese.


 CONTACT:  Suzanne Thompson (310) 570-5419                             

suzannethompson55@gmail.com  (Venice- April 15, 2011)
     The Venice Japanese Memorial Marker Committee (VJAMM) announces their groundbreaking ceremony for Monday, April 25 at 10AM, on the 69th anniversary of the forced relocation of Japanese and Japanese Americans to American concentration camps. The memorial marker will be located on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards near the former “Civil Control Station” where in April of 1942, local residents from Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu assembled and then boarded buses to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp and would spend the next three years of their lives.

KCET story and slides about the Japanese-American Memorial Marker




On April 25, 1942, hundreds of Japanese Americans reported to 933 1/2 Venice Boulevard, near the intersection of Lincoln and Venice Boulevard in response to Civilian Exclusion Order No. 7 which ordered the evacuation of people of Japanese ancestry, "alien and non-alien" alike, out of the Malibu, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Venice areas. Over the next three days, some 3,000 Japanese Americans lined up at this intersection for the day-long bus ride to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority in the Owens Valley.

Japanese American Internment Memorial Design Meeting September 11, 2010

What should the Japanese American memorial marker or monument
on the northwest corner of Lincoln and Venice Boulevards look like?

Attend a Community Meeting to Help Decide!
Who should come? Students of local history, Artists with their creative ideas,
Former internees and their families, Financial supporters,
Locally elected officials, All those in favor of the  Japanese American Memorial Marker!
When?  Saturday, September 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where? Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Drive (at Centinela Avenue), Culver City, 90230
RSVP: info@veniceartscouncil.org
Or call Emily Winters at (310) 306-7372
Here is a link to a presentation about the Japanese American Internment Memorial.

Venice High Students Push For Memorial For Japanese

The Beachhead, and the Venice Arts Council, have been advocating a memorial marker or other remembrance at the corner of Venice Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. where local Japanese families were gathered together and shipped to concentration camps in 1942. Many were U.S. citizens and many were small children. None had been accused of any disloyalty during World War II. Their only crime was that they were of Japanese ancestry.  Now, at long last, some recognition of the terrible wrong that was done to our neighbors may be forthcoming.  Below are some of the letters that Venice students have written to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and to the Beachhead. If all goes right, a ever-present reminder that human dignity and civil rights need constant vigilance if we are to have the right to call ourselves a civilized country and city.  In particular, the Beachhead would like to thank Phyllis Hayashibara, a teacher at Venice High for getting the ball rolling.

You can express your support by emailing Bill Rosendahl at councilman.rosendahl@lacity.org and the Beachhead at Beachhead@freevenice.org and the Venice Arts Council.

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