What do collaboration and empathy look like when lives and liberty are on the line, not just workplace culture? Today, you’re going to hear what happens when people come together across cultures to support each other – amidst a backdrop of World War, racism, fear, and segregation in 1940s America.
Janice Munemitsu shares her family’s inspiring story of kindness, collaboration, and empathy. Her book, The Kindness of Color, is the true story of multicultural collaboration between the Mendez and Munemitsu families, two immigrant families who came to Southern California for better lives, only to face their own separate battles against racism in the midst of World War II.
Today, Janice shares this story with you – why she wrote the book, how children and young people have responded, and most importantly how kindness leads to a brighter future that lifts everyone up.
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- All children are born with empathy. It is an exercise to continue to keep it strong.
- Kindness isn’t done for fame or accolades. Kindness is done because of character, honesty, integrity, and desire to help a friend.
- DEIB is about more than just strategy and benefits. There is an ethos that comes when groups come together in collaboration with each other – and it is kindness.
“It’s not a Mexican and Japanese story. It’s a multicultural story, of people doing what they could, given the circumstances, and not just thinking of themselves, but of thinking more of the whole.” — Janice Munemitsu
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About Janice Munemitsu, Author, The Kindness of Color
Janice Munemitsu is the author of The Kindness of Color. This is the true story of two immigrant families who came to Southern California for better lives, only to face their own separate battles against racism in the midst of World War II. One family came by land from Mexico and the other by sea from Japan. Little did they expect their paths would meet and lead to justice and desegregation for all the school children of California in Mendez, et. al v. Westminster (1947) – seven years before Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
Janice is a third-generation Japanese American Sansei. A native of Orange County, California, she worked on the family farm from age five through high school. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Biola University. Janice’s book may be purchased on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Connect with Janice Munemitsu:
Book: The Kindness of Color: https://www.thekindnessofcolor.com
- Silvia and Aki
- Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
- Separados No Somos Iguales (Spanish Language version)
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