Born in an internment camp, Congresswoman Doris Matsui is fighting against hate crimes

WASHINGTON >> For most of her life, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui didn’t talk much publicly about growing up in a Japanese American family that was relocated to an internment camp during World War II.

She was born in that camp more than 76 years ago, in a desolate part of western Arizona surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. But her parents didn’t dwell on the experience. They urged her to look forward, to take advantage of the opportunities this country did offer.

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