Barron resident to share WWII Japanese internment camp experience

By UW-Barron County

Shortly after Japan attacked and bombed the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order requiring the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans; many were sent to relocation centers or internment camps to live during World War II.

Norm Yamada, a retired Barron High School teacher and band director, will discuss his family’s experiences living in the Manzanar War Relocation Center during a talk at UW-Barron County on March 29, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). His presentation is part of the college’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series.

From 1942 to 1945, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated at Manzanar, located in California’s Owens Valley approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Today, it is the Manzanar National Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service.

Yamada taught at Barron High School from 1972-2005. He remains active in music, playing in area musical groups, pit bands and at First United Methodist Church in Barron. He also gives music lessons in the Barron School District and runs his own sound company. 

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker