CSUN AAS and SFV JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 6:30am to 9:00pm

Manzanar National Historic Site
$10 donation is kindly requested

CSUN AAS and SFV JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage 2024

Space is limited. Must register to attend! Please RSVP by April 24.

The CSUN Asian American Studies Department (CSUN AAS) and the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (SFV JACL) invite you to join us on Saturday, April 27, 2024 for a one-day visit to the Manzanar National Historic Site. Approximately 10,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at that site out of the total of 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated by the U.S. Government during the Second World War.

The event will take CSUN students from the Asian American Studies Department and related persons (CSUN AAS faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters) on the 55th Annual Pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site alongside members of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. SFV JACL members of the pilgrimage include survivors and descendants of the incarceration at Manzanar from 1942 to 1945. Sharing the same buses and attending the same on-site programming, we hope to engage CSUN AAS students with the living history of the unconstitutional U.S. wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Meeting Location:

Participants will meet at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center at 12953 Branford St., Pacoima at 6:30 AM for a 7:00 AM departure to the Manzanar National Historic Site.


Program information is available on the website of the Manzanar Committee.


The return bus will leave Manzanar at 4:00 PM and arrive at the Community Center around 8:30 PM. 


There is no food or food storage capacity at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Please bring and/or arrange all necessary food and drinking water for the day. Some bottled water and snacks will be available on the bus and at the site. A Japanese-style obento lunch box (menu options: chicken teriyaki and vegetarian) is available for purchase for $20 by pre-order only. Please contact Dr. Tomo Hattori, thattori@csun.eduSpecial notice: the SFV JACL will generously provide FREE obento lunch boxes of fixed menu availability to ALL registered and currently enrolled CSUN students.

Bring sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes. Observe and dress for the weather on that day.


Limited parking will be available in the gated Community Center lot.  Please carpool where possible. 


All participants will be required to sign a release of liability waiver form after registration.


The SFV JACL is generously providing the full cost of transportation to all registered participants for the day. A donation of $10 to subsidize free water and snacks is kindly requested. The SFV JACL will manage and collect these donations.


Please register and indicate your institutional affiliation. Seating is limited. Registration is required.


Our event welcomes sponsors. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Tomo Hattori, Professor, CSUN Asian American Studies, via email or call 818-577-8825.