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California Schools Ban Japanese-American Novel

Yonhap News, Posted: Nov 09, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO The controversial novel "So Far From the Bamboo Grove," by Japanese-American author Yoko Kawashima Watkins, was banned by the State of California's 6th to 8th grade school curriculums, reports the Korean-language Yonhap News Agency. The Korean-American community, including the Korean Education Center in San Francisco and the Korean School Association of Northern California, fought to remove the novel from the state's recommended reading list. Critics of the book said it offered a racist portrayal of Koreans under Japanese colonial rule and distorted Korea's history. California is the first state to remove the book from classrooms.

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