Mako Fukumoto, a fourth-year world arts and cultures student, is
worried about finals and graduation, but she has another pressing
concern as well.
She needs to find a way to keep in touch with all her friends
when she leaves the United States for her home country of Japan at
the end of this academic year.
Most California community colleges began accepting students last
week, and community college officials have indicated their concern
over the particularly high number of students expected this
Fifty years after the celebrated Brown v. Board of Education
decision, only a small percentage of minority students currently
attend thoroughly integrated institutions. Higher education experts
say that while minority students will enjoy more and more higher
education access in future years, this increase will happen slowly
if it follows the model set in the past 50 years.
One of Robert Nakamura’s earliest memories is standing in
line for food at the Manzanar internment camp for Japanese
“We were incarcerated for no other reason than we had the
face of the enemy,” said Nakamura, a UCLA film and television
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