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"I had the pleasure of attending the advance viewing of your documentary, this past February, in Sacramento. My mother and I enjoyed the film and local presentation. Both of my parents are Nisei and were interned with their families in different areas of the country. I thought that your film was enlightening, poignant, and also inspirational for many people, not only those of Japanese ancestry. I'm hoping to share the film with other members of my family and friends.

Thank you!"
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Cheryl Kasai, Sacramento, CA (April 28, 1999)

"Thank you again for presenting Children of the Camps at North Seattle Community College, a few weeks ago. I want to add my praise to the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other people who were deeply touched by the film. For many of us, whose parents were children in camp, it was an excellent opportunity to see what they might have to say, if they spoke openly about the experience. I taped the showing on our local PBS channel, and I can't wait to show it to my Dad."
- Anndrea S. Kawamura, Seattle, WA

"The last year I have spent researching my families experience in the camp . . . I have been met by silence from my family, but thankfully I have come to meet other JA's involved in wonderful work, such as the film "Children of the Camps." I had the chance to see this film which is done in the same format as The Color of Fear - it nearly ripped my heart apart to see how an experience 50 years ago shaped the very nuts and bolts of who I am today. I had no idea. And I had no idea how much my family is not speaking about. But we are familiar with silence, no?"
- Kris Mizutani, 25-year old Sansei, San Francisco, CA

"I think the importance of the documentary is in the way it has (and will continue to) touch the lives of those who see it. I have for many years struggled (privately) to come to terms with the internment camp experience and with being Japanese-American in a racist society. Viewing this documentary has added significant pieces to the puzzle for me and has spawned the idea of our family members getting together to talk more openly about our own experiences since camp. Perhaps we will get to know each other in a way we have not known before. As you can see, the video has been a catalyst for dialogue in our family and perhaps this is being replicated in other families."
- Anonymous



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