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This collection includes reports, agendas, meeting minutes, student guides, books, and a panoramic photograph related to the Manzanar Incarceration Camp, the Nakai family, and the Treasure Chest Program in Orange County. The collection mostly contains material from the Treasure Chest Program in Orange County, a multicultural educational program by the Multicultural Arts Council of Orange County. Other material in the collection, such as the reports and books, relate to the Nakai family and the Manzanar Incarceration Camp. All of the collection is digitzed and available online.
Tsuyoshi Roy Nakai was born at the Manzanar Incarceration Camp where he lived with his family during World War Two. During his time at the camp, Nakai was photographed by Ansel Adams, a famous photographer, and the image was featured in Adam's book, Born Free and Equal. In the photograph, Nakai is pictured sitting on his mother's (Mitsu) lap. After the camp closure in 1945, the family moved back to Lake Elsinore where they operated the Nakai Hot Springs, a spa located in downtown Lake Elisnore. Nakai later became a pediatric dentist and wrote a book about his life entitled, Elephant a la Mode: An Epicurean Guide to Life.
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