July 3, 2013

Minidoka Pilgrimage Reminds Us Of Our Past

Posted in 2013 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka, Minidoka Pilgrimage tagged , , , , , at 1:53 pm by minidokapilgrimage

If you wish to view the video, please check it out on the KMVT’s website using the link below:


Minidoka Pilgrimage Reminds Us Of Our Past

By Brandon Redmond

Story Created: Jun 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM MDT

Story Updated: Jun 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM MDT

Jerome County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) “My wife and I have been here twice before and we thought it would be nice to bring our kids and grandkids with us,” said Tebo Matsudaira, a Japanese American.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage is a way for Japanese Americans and all Americans to remember a controversial part of our past.

“This site is important because it’s a piece of American history that maybe we shouldn’t be proud of, but we should acknowledge and learn from,” said Christine Smith with the National Parks Service.

During World War II, thousands of Americans with Japanese ancestry were moved to the Minidoka internment camp. Most of the Japanese community from Alaska, Oregon and Washington spent three years at Minidoka. The pilgrimage is a way for Japanese Americans to reflect on the past.

“To let them know what we went through because we never discussed anything about Minidoka with them and now they are all interested because they are here now and they are very interested in what happened and this is a real good education for them,” said Tebo Matsudaira.

After the war, the land was turned over for agriculture use. Now the park’s service is buying back parts of the land and restoring some of the old buildings.

“And the fact that we are now doing that and we are doing it as part of the National Parks Service story makes it a national story and that’s what makes this important,” said Christine Smith.

Learning from our past for a better future.

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