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Back to the present?

When we visited the visited the Japanese-American Internment Memorial in downtown San Jose last week, you probably thought we were talking about the history, looking at the past. But the next morning, I found this headline on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Japanese Americans’ furor blocks internment-era artifact auction.”

The story opens: “Facing anguished protests from Japanese Americans, an auction house late Wednesday canceled Friday’s planned sale of 450 artworks and mementos from the camps where the United States held 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.”

A follow-up story was published the next day: “Backlash cancels auction of internment camp item.”



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