Our grandson wanted to visit this museum when we took him to Los Angeles last summer. When we first entered the museum, a man approached us and asked us if we would like to hear his family's story of the experiences they had as Japanese Americans during World War II. We agreed that we would, and he showed us pictures of his family and told us the sad truth about them, as well as other Japanese Americans, who were treated inhumanely and callously during World War II because of their Japanese heritage.
After talking to this gentleman, we continued through the museum, seeing the wonderful exhibits, artwork and films that further described the way America treated these people. As I read and saw the museum's exhibits, I felt ashamed that our country would do this; we all felt sad, and so sorry that this happened.
I recommend that anyone who has access to Los Angeles visit this museum, and plan to spend an afternoon of reflection and then resolution to be more sensitive to others. It left me with a far greater respect for any race or group who have had to suffer the indignities of being treated less than other humans.
The staff at the museum are polite and helpful, reminding people that this is a place for meditation and quiet reflection.
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