September 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Unearthing Camp Memories: Guest Lecture on Archaeological Work at Manzanar and Gila River WWII Japanese American Incarceration Sites

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
With Graduate Researchers Laura Ng and Koji Lau-Ozawa of Stanford University Archaeology Center
Free Admission – Please RSVP


The Center is pleased to co-host a special guest lecture on ongoing work by the Stanford University Archaeology Center at Manzanar and Gila River WWII incarceration camp sites. Laura Ng and Koji Lau-Ozawa are graduate students at Stanford University who have both conducted research on the archaeology of WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps. Laura will be presenting a collection of stories about the personal connections between people and the archaeological excavations at Manzanar. Koji will be presenting on ongoing research on gardens and landscaping at Gila River. In discussing the archaeology of these camps, they will highlight these former sites of confinement as spaces of resistance against contemporary unjust immigration and detention policies.

In addition to the Center, we are appreciative of our additional co-hosts for the guest lecture. For more information on co-hosting organizations, please view the links below:



About Laura Ng:

Laura Ng is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University’s Department of Archaeology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, and her M.A. from University of Massachusetts Boston in Historical Archaeology. In addition to her work on Japanese American incarceration sites, her academic work has also covered anthropological studies of the Chinese diaspora.

About Koji Lau-Ozawa:

Koji Lau-Ozawa is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University’s Department of Archaeology. He received his M.A. with Honors in Archaeology and Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote his thesis on “The Use of Archaeology in the Formation of Ethnic Identity for the Ainu” (indigenous people of Japan), and an M.A. from San Francisco State University Department of Anthropology with thesis work on “The Archaeology of Gardens in Japanese American Incarceration Camps. He regularly comes to the Center as a member of the San Francisco Kendo Dojo.