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Festival of Remembrance

2/18/2010

Excerpts from "Music and remembrance" in The Press Democrat
by Diane Peterson

The Santa Rosa Symphony's Festival of Remembrance was a collaborative concert bringing to light the Japanese-American Internment during World War II.
Marie Sugiyama, who was interned, talk about camp conditions and civil liberty violations. "From all the West Coast, 120,000 were incarcerated in 10 different camps," Sugiyama said. 
As part of the festival's educational mission, Sugiyama spoke to David Cole's seventh-grade students at the Sonoma Country Day School about her experience in the camps.
Sugiyama's stories of how Sonoma County rallied around its Japanese-American community — helping pay property taxes, protecting homes and temples from vandalism — provided an inspiring lesson for Cole's young students. 
As part of the lobby exhibit, Cole's students packed a vintage suitcase with objects they would bring to a camp if they were a 12-year-old farm girl in 1942. They also packed a suitcase with what they would bring today if they had to leave their homes with little notice. 
“In 1942, you could not bring a camera or radio, because those were considered instruments of espionage,” Cole said. “Today, there would be no laptops allowed.” 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's Festival of Remembrance was a collaborative concert bringing to light the Japanese-American Internment during World War II.
Marie Sugiyama, who was interned, talk about camp conditions and civil liberty violations. "From all the West Coast, 120,000 were incarcerated in 10 different camps," Sugiyama said. 
As part of the festival's educational mission, Sugiyama spoke to David Cole's seventh-grade students at the Sonoma Country Day School about her experience in the camps.
Sugiyama's stories of how Sonoma County rallied around its Japanese-American community — helping pay property taxes, protecting homes and temples from vandalism — provided an inspiring lesson for Cole's young students. 
As part of the lobby exhibit, Cole's students packed a vintage suitcase with objects they would bring to a camp if they were a 12-year-old farm girl in 1942. They also packed a suitcase with what they would bring today if they had to leave their homes with little notice. 
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You can reach Staff Writer Diane Peterson at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com.

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