Mira Costa’s Secret History


Maya Hernandez

During WWII Japanese concentration camps were set up along the west coast to quell the nerves of Americans fearing Japanese spies.

As a result, thousands of Japanese families across California were forced to move out of their communities and leave their property and livelihoods behind.

One such family in Manhattan Beach was the Uyematsus, being made to abandon their plot of land. Mira Costa high school sits upon that stolen property.

Maya Hernandez talks to the Uyemtasu family and finds out why they have never been reimbursed for nearly a century of suffering.