Following this country's entry into the Second World War, innocent American citizens of Japanese descent, known for their quiet reserve, were forced to bear the humiliation and dishonor of imprisonment. Betty Kozasa's story is a testimony to the endurance of the human spirit. As a young woman, Betty's political awareness grew, as did her ability to understand that a person's attitude about themselves has a direct influence on the community in which he or she lives.
Grade Levels: 7 to Adult
This is part of the 1993 series "The Face of Wisdom: Stories of Elder Women," by filmmaker Catherine Busch-Johnston, which focuses on the wisdom and experience of women who are models for others trying to realize their potential and express their values, creativity and cultural traditions. These films remind us to appreciate and cultivate our own relationships with one of our most valuable resources, our elders, who can serve as our mentors and guides.