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Yellow Bowls And The Ugly Wartime History They Symbolize — Honolulu Civil Beat

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— by Denby Fawcett: Today, when many other people protest unfairness with loud demonstrations, Setsuko Sato Winchester is using quiet beauty to draw attention to one of the ugliest acts of racial discrimination in American history.

Setsuko has created 120 tea bowls in varying shades of yellow to symbolize “the yellow peril,” as Asians were once described. Each yellow bowl stands for 1,000 of the 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent imprisoned in camps during World War II.

“I wanted to do it in a way that was gentle, not hurtful,” she says…

Image: Setsuko Sato Winchester places some of her bowls at the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Kunia on Monday, courtesy of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

May 14, 2019

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