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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009
Before Yuri Kochiyama was nominated for the 05 Nobel Peace Prize and before she cradled Malcolm X's bleeding head, the octogenerian human rights activist was a determined 20-year old who led a World War II letter-writing campaign to boost the morale of Japanese American soldiers. The catch? The morale-boosters were themselves interned in U.S. concentration camps. Together they proved the Canon Westcott saying that Kochiyama quoted at the time in her Pacific Citizen column that "Occasions do not make heroes--they simply unveil them." Playwright/Director Marlan Warren has compiled these letters into a spoken word piece entitled Bits of Paradise. Excerpts starring Chanelle Yang, Pisha Warden, Linda Wang, Connie Kim, Fel Phillip, Wesley Cayabyab, Jean Franco, and Wilton Yiu will be presented at The Marsh. Shot by Ben Kim