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A powerful legacy: New school name honors community activist Amy Imai, who spent WWII in internment camp

Original post made on Sep 14, 2021

Amy Imai spent a lifetime sharing her experiences as a Japanese American interned during World War II in the hope that the past would never be repeated. Now Mountain View students are attending an elementary school named in her honor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 12:47 PM

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Posted by Seriously
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Sep 14, 2021 at 2:32 pm

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Ms. Imai would surely be ashamed to have this site named after her. The perimeter of the school is strewn with trash - much of which was left behind by careless contractors working there over the summer. A really poor example of how to teach our children to respect and care for our environment.


Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm

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I applaud this decision. Japanese Americans been an integral part of Mountain View's populace since the early agricultural days. They are certainly an important part of our community in 2020 as well.

Honestly, I think every school named after an individual should be renamed ever 20-30 years for someone who has recently passed away. There are certainly more locals, like Mrs. Imai, who deserve to be honored in this way than there are schools.


Posted by Joan MacDonald
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 14, 2021 at 6:43 pm

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As a good friend of Amy, I'm delighted that her name replaces Frank Huff's. She would be pleased especially because that way her desire that her story will persist beyond her life. (And the trash can and should be removed from around the perimeter of the school). I wish I had known when the renaming event was happening so I could have attended. Sadly, I was out of town for her Celebration of Life. People like Amy make Mountain View a special place.


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