A location-based, participatory audio documentary about place, memory, and injustice

In 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes, and detained them in harsh and remote incarceration camps. More than 10,000 Japanese Americans were held at Manzanar War Relocation Center in California during World War II. Today, Manzanar is a National Historic Site.

One Square Mile, 10,000 Voices is an interactive documentary experience that layers voices from Manzanar's past and present over the physical landscape. Visitors can explore the site while using the One Square Mile app to travel back in time and listen to the memories of former incarcerees, indigenous elders, and contemporary activists. They are also invited to record their own stories to add to the project, creating a living document of resistance, resilience, and community.

Hear voices of Manzanar and sounds of resistance, past and present

  • Manzanar - Listen as you wander
  • Little Tokyo - Listen as you wander
  • Online - Listen via our interactive map

Contribute Your Voice

Add your voice to this collective storytelling project: record and share your memories, personal reflections, and reactions to Manzanar.

One Square Mile; 10,000 Voices is produced by Halsey Burgund and Sue Ding, in partnership with the Manzanar Committee and the U.S. National Park Service. This project is made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.