June 25, 2008
Both events are high quality, and both had record turnouts this year. The symposium saw a 50% increase (100 to 150) from last year. This audience is predominantly local (Idaho students and teachers) and this year the focus was the relationship of the media to civil liberties. I spoke at the Symposium about how the media in the 1940s portrayed Japanese Americans.
The pilgrimage grew from about 150 to 250 this year. This audience is predominantly Japanese Americans who come from Seattle and Portland. I went to the first pilgrimage and the difference is that there are many more young people who attended this 6th Minidoka pilgrimage.
What I would love to see in the future is more overlap between the symposium and the pilgrimage. I think participants would benefit from mingling and talking with participants from the other event.