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Parents to Talk About Dealing with the Death of Their Three Children

August 30, 2003

A couple who survived the deaths of all three of their children will discuss the heart-wrenching experience in a talk at Hartnell College on Friday, Sept. 12.

The presentation, titled "Honor Thy Children: A Talk by Al and Jane Nakatani," will be held at noon in room 125 of the Performing Arts Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

The death of the Nakatani's sons (two to AIDS, one to violence) inspired them to become agents of social change, according to Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao, Hartnell psychology instructor. "In their program," says Matsushita-Arao, "the Nakatanis eloquently discuss why we must overcome prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance, and encourage us to promote acceptance of human diversity."

The Nakatanis, who have made hundreds of appearance throughout the United States, have spoken at Hartnell before. Their story is also told in a book by Molly Fumia.

For more information, call Matsushita-Arao at (831) 755-6781.