Activity 9 – Journey to Manzanar: CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

Orphanage in Manzanar

Manzanar was the only camp that had an orphanage, referred to as the Children’s Village. Incarcerated children lived there, whether they were orphans before the camps were created or became orphaned during their time at camp.

The most interesting thing about the orphanage is the concept of its creation. The camps were created to protect the public from Japanese “aliens” at the risk of them being involved with Japan after they had bombed US territory and people. But, how do young children, orphans, pose a threat to the United States Government? Why did young children need to be sent to camp as well? The simple fact is that they were of Japanese ancestry, and that was enough. That was enough to force them in to a camp where they had to grow up away from their home (and they were already without a family), away from proper resources, and in an environment where they were treated as prisoners.

Several children brought to the  Children’s Village lived with non-Japanese foster families before the war. Because their foster parents were not subject to exclusion from the West Coast, these children were removed from their homes after officials learned that they were part or full Japanese.




Do you believe that the United States Government made the right decision by bringing foster children and orphans to the camps? Why do you think they made that decision? If you believe that was the wrong decision, what should have been the alternative and why? Tell us in a few words or sentences.


Journey to Manzanar Badge

How it works? This is a one of a kind patch created by a girl scout, but intended for everyone around the globe. Take part in 3 or more of the activities. Once you’re ready, click the button below and submit your work. A patch will be delivered to your door! We are grateful you’ve taken the time. What I hope more than anything is that you will tell others to take the virtual Journey to Manzanar, share what you’ve learned, and become an ambassador, like me, to this very important part of our American story.

Submit for a Patch Here!