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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"Japanese festival educates generations"

At the Santa Cruz Japanese Cultural Fair, Japanese-Americans discussed the WWII internment as well as the treatment that Arab-Americans and others have received after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Shig Tom Kizuka, a second-generation Japanese-American and "member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team" during WWII, joined the Army after the "harsh treatment" him and his family received after returning from the internment camps.

A third-generation Japanese-American researched her family's situation and noted, " "It was bad when they came back (from the camp).... Businesses wouldn’t sell to the Japanese. My uncle fished and hunted rabbit (to feed his family)."

Another attendee said, "Racist comments he’s heard about Arab-Americans have caused him to think about the similarities with treatment of the Japanese."

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