June 5, 2005
With honor, we are excited to announce that one of Seattle Pacific University’s alumnae, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, ’80, wrote her first book about her internment experience. You can check out her biography under SPU alumni.
At http://www.newsagepress.com/lookingliketheenemy.html they have essential information about her memoir and have even included excerpts from her book. It is truly exciting to have this incredible opportunity of having one of Seattle Pacific University’s own students dedicated to helping share her story and bring awareness about the incredible hardships she and her family went through.
Furthermore, we are currently trying to create a Japanese American memorial and reflecting pond on campus to honor the students who have been interned. We are working with Squire Broel, an SPU alumni ’92 and sculpture artist on a design. To check out some of his incredible pieces, you can visit him on the web at http://www.broel.com/artist.html. Numerous current faculty, staff, and students are inspired by this project as well and anticipate its completion. There are also a few faculty and staff that have close ties to a number of the alumni stories.
The vision for the project is to remind students about how Seattle Pacific University stood for justice, peace, and tolerance, during a time when hate and racism was so prevalent. From the Toshiko Senda’s inspirational story graduation story, the hope of the memorial is to work toward justice and reconciliation not only in relation to the Japanese American internment but also towards cultural diversity. So please check back to find out latest news and progress on the memorial. If you have any information about Japanese American students at Seattle Pacific University, who have been interned, we would love to hear about their story and include it on the webpage. In addition, if you feel inspired by any of the SPU alumni stories and you want to donate to this incredible memorial, feel free to contact us about your passion.
Thank you so much for taking the time to explore this website and learn about how the Japanese American internment affected Seattle Pacific University’s campus.