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Setsuko Winchester is a Japanese-American potter who threw 120 yellow bowls to commemorate Japanese interned by the U.S. during World War II. The story is timely, since a similar spirit of xenophobia is gripping our country in the first few weeks of the Trump (dis)administration.
Each yellow bowl stands for 1000 Japanese interned. She explains her motivation in a three minute video. An in-depth article about Setsuko's yellow bowls appeared in the Berkshire Eagle on February 12, 2017. "Ceramics are part of your blood when you are Japanese," S. Winchester
Yellow tea bowls at the Poston War Relocation Center, located in Yuma County of southwestern Arizona. photo by Setsuko Winchester
Comment by Joan Shaw, Educator, Kalaheo, Hawaii: "This project is a poignant reminder of how easily and inappropriately groups of people can be maligned by the ignorance of others. When you look at the contributions of Japanese Americans over the years, it's hard to understand that they were once regarded as dangerous spies and traitors - to the point of being rounded up and interned. This is happening now with groups from other parts of the world. An excellent novel: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford."
"In every corner of the world, there are people who are flagrantly ill, people who mutter to invisible others and box at the air. But because the cultural texture is different in different settings, the experience of madness can be quite different, too. That is true even of such a blunt assault on human feeling as homelessness."
This is a profound Op-Ed peice by the anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann. If you are interested in mental health, homelessness and cultural differences in care you will find much in Luhrmann's "Where Homeless Meets Crazy." Among other things, Luhrmann compares the approach to the homeless in Chennai, India and Chicago.
This is a photo of Banyan, an Indian NGO, that, since 1993, has been an integral part of the chain of care for people with mental illness in Chennai. Their projects have changed the lives of over 5,000 people by providing services to support them in reaching their definition of recovery. They have taken over 1500 homeless women off the streets and started the rehabilitation process.