Tuna Canyon Talk at Merit Park

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GARDENA — Kanji Sahara will speak about the Tuna Canyon Detention Station on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Merit Park Recreation Hall, 58 Merit Park Dr., Gardena.

Kanji Sahara (Rafu Shimpo photo)

Kanji Sahara (Rafu Shimpo photo)

The program is sponsored by the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

At the beginning of World War II, the government converted a Civilian Conservation Corps camp into a detention station for Issei that were considered dangerous.

Sahara will discuss whom the FBI considered dangerous and the difference between a detention station and a concentration camp such as Manzanar. He will describe life in Tuna Canyon and give biographies of a few detainees, he will also talk about the attempt to build a memorial at Tuna Canyon and the roadblocks that have been encountered.

All are welcome. For more information, call Louise at (310) 327-3169.

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