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(CGTN) A proposal to rename two middle schools in Palo Alto in northern California after a Japanese surname has spurred opposition from Chinese American parents who said the name hurts their feelings.


The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) on Tuesday night voted for Green and Fletcher from eight proposed names, including Fred Yamamoto, a local historical figure who had the same surname as wartime Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of Pearl Harbor bombing more than 70 years ago.


Fred Yamanoto was a local resident who was held in an internment camp. He later joined the US Army and died in battle during World War Two.


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Dec. 7, 1941: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. /Reuters Photo‍



The Chinese American parents were not satisfied with the candidacy of Yamamoto as a potential name because they said the name reminded them of the painful wartime history. Some of them said they also learned from the experience to "make your voice heard" and "take an active part in community activities."


The Chinese community in Palo Alto, which is home to Stanford University and the birthplace of Silicon Valley where many hi-tech companies are headquartered, has been voicing their opposition in the last two weeks through an online petition and an email campaign.


An online petition launched at change.org has garnered more than 1,300 signatures so far. The petition demands the PAUSD board give the schools geographic names so as not to "repeat the same mistake."

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Dec. 16, 2015: A "Welcome to East Palo Alto" sign is seen on University Ave in East Palo Alto, California, the US. /Reuters Photo‍


"The reason of changing the original names is because they hurt some people's feelings. Likewise, the board should take into consideration our feelings," a Chinese American parent named Liu Xin told Xinhua.


A group of over 80 people was set up on WeChat to coordinate the opposition effort. The members raised over 2,000 US dollars to sponsor a demonstration, which was originally scheduled for Monday but later dropped for fear of incurring negative effects.


The parents also distributed flyers among students and other parents on the campuses of both schools.


The flyer reads: "We should not have a Yamamoto Middle School in Palo Alto. Such a name would be a gross iniquity and a blatant double standard."


Some of the Chinese parents said the different opinions were a result of different cultures and backgrounds.


"American schools don't pay enough attention to what happened in Asia during World War II. It's an opportunity for the American public to learn this history better," said another Chinese parent named Min Qiu.

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Post time 2018-3-30 14:06:21 |Display all floors
ceciliazhang Post time: 2018-3-30 10:09
Dec. 16, 2015: A "Welcome to East Palo Alto" sign is seen on University Ave in East Palo Alto, Cali ...

These "Chinese Americans" show a total lack of loyalty towards their U.S. home. I have no sympathy for them. A Japanese name should not evoke the negative xenophobia that it does in these "Americans". These people should learn to separate individual people from the people's birth place. If they can't, why do they live in the U.S.A.? They don't subscribe to the U.S.A.'s policy of inclusiveness and rejection of xenophobia and racism. Shame on them!

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Post time 2018-3-31 01:43:32 |Display all floors
Waaaaaaaaah!!! Feelings got hurt!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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cmknight Post time: 2018-3-31 01:43
Waaaaaaaaah!!! Feelings got hurt!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

The Chinese want their voiced heard!!!

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2018-4-1 12:56:57 |Display all floors

They chose the wrong occasion to raise their voices.

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