Over the last few months, the NVC Hall has had many groups visit to learn about the Japanese American experience during WWII. In order to fully appreciate the amazing sacrifices our Nisei veterans made, the students learn about the discrimination they and their families faced, both before and after the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.
Here are some of their Ema comments:
- I was extremely intrigued by the many stories represented within each object in the museum. The whole event taught me numerous things about identity and the importance of being in a non-prejudice community.
- Overall, I think the most interesting part of the tour was the war room because all (most) of the Non-Japanese hated the Japanese and yet they were the ones that did the hardest missions and made a lot of progress in the war.
- I’m in awe of the courage and patriotism that the WWII Nisei showed. Grateful for the reconciliation, grace and forgiveness that has occurred in the years since the war.
- It was a good experience. I’m glad I went. I learned a ton about the Japanese Americans and what they went through. Dang the people that went to serve for America really went through something---Wow!
- It is sacred to remember what has happened. How honorable to sacrifice for our country despite being mistreated. I won’t ever forget these young men who gave everything.
- If we can better understand the culture of other people, peace is much easier to attain and hold on to.
THURGOOD MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ROBERT EAGLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
JOURNEY TO MOSAIC
OKINAWA STUDENT GROUP
RENTON HIGH SCHOOL