Japanese-American Woman Gets Honorary Degree 60 Years After Internment Halted Studies

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Michiko Kiyokawa was a typical freshman in 1942, taking biology and playing field hockey, when she was forced to leave college during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

This Sunday, more than six decades later, Kiyokawa will return to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma to receive an honorary degree.

"It's an honor," the 85-year-old woman said in a telephone interview Friday from her home in Parkdale, Ore. "The college is being very broad-minded. It's an effort to make up for something that had been done to us."

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