University of Southern California

ASB Manzanar
Program Description

The Manzanar Alternative Spring Break program provides students with an intimate, cross-cultural immersion experience at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Participants explore the Japanese American WWII internment and its relationship to the struggle for civil liberties today through service-learning, dialogue, and reflection.

Sign up for the 9th annual Mini-Alternative Spring Break program sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) to explore the history and reality of Manzanar National Historic Site, known during World War II as Manzanar War Relocation Center:

Get a sneak peek at this amazing trip! Check out the short video here!

2014 Travel Details

Monday, March 17 – Wednesday, March 19, 2014
(Depart 9am Monday, Return Wednesday night)

Cost: $200
(to cover transportation and two nights hotel stay – includes continental breakfast and some meals)

Program includes:
Site exploration, Ranger-led tour, Film screening, Extended visit to the Interpretive Center, On-site service projects, and Reflection/Discussion.

Must attend discussion session on TBD.

As we will be taking only a select group of students for this trip, please complete and submit your application by Friday, February 7, 2014. This trip is open to everyone (you don’t need to be Japanese American or Asian American to learn about these issues and talk about the current state of our civil liberties!).

“One thing I learned, which I feel now can never be fully explained, is the awesome power of hope in a seemingly dire situation.” – 2006 participant

  • Street Address: Asian Pacific American Student Services
    University of Southern California
    3601 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-4851
  • Phone: (213) 740-4999
  • Fax: (213) 740-5284
  • Email:
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