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Hartnell College Speakers:  Parents Who Turned Tragedy into Compassion

May 20th, 2008

On May 22, Hartnell College welcomes back Al and Jane Nakatani, a Japanese-American couple who survived the tragic and heart-wrenching deaths of their three sons. Their mission now is to devote their lives to being agents of social change.

The Nakatanis will tell their story in two different public presentations on Thursday, May 22: one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 6 p.m., both in Steinbeck Hall of the College Center on Hartnell’s main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas. 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.