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Garden of Remembrance featured on TV show

November 7, 2003

Photo of the waterfall section of the Garden of RemembranceThe Garden of Remembrance, an on-CampusMemorial that honors the 19 Japanese-American students forced to withdraw from classes and taken to internment camps during World War II, will be featured on the weekly program Henry’s Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday on KRON-TV (Channel 4).

Funded by a $125,000 grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Garden of Remembrance serves as a constant, serene reminder of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans who were removed from their homes, banished from their communities and placed in internment camps. Dedicated in April 2002, the Garden of Remembrance is also an artistic expression intended to prevent other injustices from being repeated.

The Garden of Remembrance, located in the courtyard between Burk Hall and the Fine Arts Building at the center of campus, is a garden composed of 10 large boulders and a waterfall. The boulders represent each of the 10 internment camps set up to detain Japanese Americans and they symbolize the deprivation of the camps that were located in desolate places. The rock waterfall, in contrast, celebrates the return of the internees to the coastline after the war. It is the largest and most extensive permanent memorial on the University's campus.

Renowned Japanese-American artist, teacher and former camp internee Ruth Asawa designed the garden. Asawa, a well-known San Francisco artist, was 16 and a high school junior in Norwalk, Calif. when she and her family were ordered into the camps during the spring of 1942. She developed her love for art during her incarceration in the Rowher, Ark. internment camp. Asawa hopes the serene setting of the memorial allows students to contemplate the horrible acts that took place years ago.

Henry's Garden, hosted by KRON-TV entertainment editor, Henry Tennenbaum, is a light-hearted half-hour show on Bay Area gardening. It includes demonstrations from home gardens, tips and tools for gardeners of any level and the "Urban Garden," a segment for city dwellers with limited garden space.

-- Christina Holmes with Public Affairs Student Writer Javier Jimenez





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