Journey back to the 1940s to gain a firsthand understanding of the Japanese American incarceration experience during World War II. Manzanar Immersive is an "interactive theater escape room" in which people collaborate to solve puzzles, complete activities, and interact with character actors as they proceed through the narrative of a Japanese American family living through the wartime experience. Manzanar Immersive will help people learn about Japanese American history, culture, and values along with other learning skills, such as collaboration, communication, and empathy.
Why This Project?
One of the most important lessons in American history is about the Japanese American incarceration experience during World War II in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans were uprooted from their homes and sent to live in American concentration camps located in remote areas across the country.
The unjust incarceration of an entire ethnic minority population is a history that we cannot forget, especially in today’s world of “fake news” and “alternate facts” in which people seem inclined to forget about our past history.
Help Us Out
In order to create this unique educational project, we need to raise funds to pay for sets, props, materials, audio/video media, actors, and design.
With your help, we can provide everyone an educational trip back to the past -- no amount is too small, even a few dollars can help us closer to our goal.
Join Us In The Journey
We're looking to raise $4,500 for this project. Your donation will help us pay for the design, development, and implementation of Manzanar Immersive and to help with our facilities at the GVJCI.
Donations are accepted via PayPal (PayPal account not required), check, or cash. Please make checks payable to "GVJCI" with a note "Manzanar Immersive."
The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID #95-6197597.
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