Last night, we went to the ACT Theater to see Hold These Truths, a play about Gordon Hirabayashi, one of the few people who resisted against Japanese internment during WWII. The show forced us to confront some uncomfortable truths – the failure of our country to uphold its values, the gross hypocrisy of our government leaders, and the human toll of all of this on Japanese Americans. It was about principles, and more importantly, the courage of the man who maintained them, even in the face of extreme difficulty and injustice. The play allowed me to reflect on my own values, and whether I would uphold them during such difficult times.
Image taken by Lindsey Wasson (The Seattle Times)
As we come to a close to our time in Seattle, I have begun to reflect on all that I have come across this summer. I have certainly learned a lot about the local issues that the city is facing. However, I have learned even more from the incredible people and organizations that stand up to these issues in Seattle. I hope that these experiences will drive me in the right direction, during my final two weeks in this city and beyond.