Wartime Camp Detainee Wakatsuki Houston to Speak at Norco College
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Wartime Camp Detainee Wakatsuki Houston to Speak at Norco College

ReadtoSucceedFarewelltoManzanar.jpgJeanne Wakatsuki Houston, a Manzanar detainee and author, will visit Norco College for a book signing and discussion at the final meeting of the spring Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College event. At age seven, Wakatsuki Houston and her family were relocated to a World War II internment camp, where they remained for two years. In her book, “Farewell to Manzanar,” she writes about her camp experiences and how they shaped her life and view of the world.

Manzanar, now a national historical site, is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Bishop, California. During World War II the camp housed over 11,000 detainees. “Farewell to Manzanar” has become a part of the curriculum in schools and universities across the United States and is used to educate students about the experiences of the Japanese Americans confined in American internment camps during the war.

Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College gives students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to read and discuss a common book. Three review sessions will be held: March 28, April 25, and culminating May 23 where participants will meet the author for a book signing and discussion, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., in CSS 217. For more information email Damon Nance, dean of Technology and Learning Resources, at damon.nance@norcocollege.edu.