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A Bitter Reminder

November 08, 1987

Since when did Americans, who happened to be of Japanese ancestry, become responsible for acts of a government wholly outside their control? Why are Americans of Japanese ancestry tagged with the responsibliities of Japan or its government's actions?

What seems to rankle Zell is she wants a certain ethnic group of Americans to be held eternally responsible for the government of Japan's actions.

If this isn't racism, what is racism? I am at a deep loss as to how any human being could gain any solace by assigning responsibilities for what happened to them in Singapore and Java to incarcerated Americans who themselves were illegally and cruelly interned without ever being combatants in World War II, and some of whose children paid the supreme price of dying for America to save it for people like Zell.

ROBERT L. ARONOFF

South Pasadena

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