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International Community Dinners Offered at Hartnell College
Parents Who Turned Tragedy into Compassion to Speak at Hartnell College

October 18th, 2007

On October 25, Hartnell College welcomes back Al and Jane Nakatani, a Japanese-American couple who, having survived the tragic and heart-wrenching deaths of their three sons, now devote their lives to being agents of social change.

The Nakatanis will tell their story in two different public presentations on Thursday, October 25, one at 9:30 a.m. in room 125 of the Performing Arts Facility, and one at 6 p.m. in Steinbeck Hall of the College Center. Both 90-minute presentations are free and open to the public.

The Nakatanis’ story has been told in the book, Honor Thy Children, written by Molly Fumia. They have made hundreds of appearances throughout the country, telling how prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance lead to human denigration. Their personal account of their family’s struggles--which include losing two sons to AIDS and one to random violence-inspire their listeners to accept human diversity, and greet others with love and acceptance.

A book signing will follow each presentation. Both the book and a DVD of the same title are available in the Hartnell College Library.

For more information, please contact Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao, Hartnell psychology instructor, at 831-755-6781 or yarao@hartnell.edu.


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Hartnell College, one of California’s 109 community colleges, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1920, it is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state. Hartnell has two campuses in Salinas and an education center in King City to serve all the education and workforce training needs of the greater Salinas Valley.