Freedom from Discrimination month kicks off

A talk set for Thursday evening at Whitman College focuses on World War II internments.

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WALLA WALLA -- The 17th annual Freedom from Discrimination Month, presented by the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition, will focus on the theme of "Immigration Perspectives: The Asian Experience and Current Issues."

Events start Thursday with a 30-minute presentation, "Within the Silence," about Japanese internment during World War II, facilitated by Becky Chong of Seattle-based Living Voices.

The presentation is at 7 p.m. in Whitman College's Maxey Auditorium, near the intersection of Boyer Avenue and Otis Street.

Following will be a panel discussion of immigration and civil rights issues featuring Chong; Jazm??n Santa Cruz of One America; local immigration attorney Wendy Hernandez; and Hassan Ziada of Islamic Center of Tri-Cities. The moderator is Dan Clark.

On Oct. 20, storyteller Rebecca Hom of Humanities Washington will present "Climbing Gold Mountain, Gum Sahn: Chinese Pioneers in the Western Frontier" at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Library.

Hom will speak Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 185 at Walla Walla Community College, and participate in a delegation from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience of Seattle, which will study the Chinese section of Mountain View Cemetery.

Their work will include providing gravestone marking translations, which will be provided to the city of Walla Walla for its cemetery records as well as becoming the subject matter of a future exhibit at Wing Luke.

For more information, call Dan Clark at 522-0399.

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