Celebrating the Creative Community of Venice.
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was born in Havana on June 4, 1965. He graduated with a degree in International Political Relations. While in school Gerardo participated in amateur festivals as part of a theater group. He also worked as a cartoonist-humorist for Cuban publications and collectives; Palante, Melaito and Aspirina. The members of Aspirina, collectively participated in two exhibitions at the University of Havana and created a mural at Havana Cuba Pavilion. "Asprina was a great school," recalls Gerardo. “We participated in the First National Encounter of Young Comedians, where he met Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera, Virulo, Tomy and other recognized professionals. For me, who always dreamed of being a journalist, that was really exciting ... but we learned a lot, because nobody wanted to look like anyone and everyone he was shaping his own line, his own style."
BY VINCE ECHAVARIA - Link to Argonaut
On the 69th anniversary of their departure from Venice to Manzanar, several former Japanese-American internees returned to the site from where they and their families left behind their homes and their war relocation camp experience began.
Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:11 PM PDT Link Back
A memorial marker denoting the relocation of 1,000 local residents, including former Malibu resident Amy Ioki, to the Manzanar camp during World War II, will be placed at an intersection in Venice.
By Paul Sisolak / Special to The Malibu Times
Amy Ioki was a member of the only Japanese American family in Malibu-and just 16 years old-when the call came to assemble at the corner of Lincoln and Venice boulevards in Venice, Calif.
It was April 1942, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the United States entered the World War II stage as one of the Allied Big Three. Ioki's family, the Takahashis, was ordered to board the bus en route to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp. It didn't matter that the high school junior, her two older brothers and three sisters were U.S. born; their crime was simply being Japanese.
CONTACT: Suzanne Thompson (310) 570-5419
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The Venice Japanese Memorial Marker Committee (VJAMM) announces their groundbreaking ceremony for Monday, April 25 at 10AM, on the 69th anniversary of the forced relocation of Japanese and Japanese Americans to American concentration camps. The memorial marker will be located on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards near the former “Civil Control Station” where in April of 1942, local residents from Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu assembled and then boarded buses to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp and would spend the next three years of their lives.
On April 25, 1942, hundreds of Japanese Americans reported to 933 1/2 Venice Boulevard, near the intersection of Lincoln and Venice Boulevard in response to Civilian Exclusion Order No. 7 which ordered the evacuation of people of Japanese ancestry, "alien and non-alien" alike, out of the Malibu, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Venice areas. Over the next three days, some 3,000 Japanese Americans lined up at this intersection for the day-long bus ride to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority in the Owens Valley.
What should the Japanese American memorial marker or monument
on the northwest corner of Lincoln and Venice Boulevards look like?
Attend a Community Meeting to Help Decide!
Who should come? Students of local history, Artists with their creative ideas,
Former internees and their families, Financial supporters,
Locally elected officials, All those in favor of the Japanese American Memorial Marker!
When? Saturday, September 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where? Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Drive (at Centinela Avenue), Culver City, 90230
Or call Emily Winters at (310) 306-7372
Here is a link to a presentation about the Japanese American Internment Memorial.