Survivor of Japanese Internment Camp to Speak; Proceeds Will Benefit UMCOR

March 17, 2011

Kiyo Sato, author of Kiyo's Story: A Japanese American Family's Quest for the American Dream, will speak at Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. There will be a book signing following the presentation and a reservations-only luncheon with the author at 11:45 a.m. 

The event is sponsored by the Women's Spirituality Group and Rancho Cordova UMC.
Proceeds will benefit United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Poston Memorial Monument and Educational Center in Arizona.
Kiyo Sato was born in Sacramento, California to immigrant parents from Japan. Her family established a thriving farm on a few acres near Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova, and the children attended the now-historic one-room Edward Kelly School on Bradshaw Road, and later Sacramento High School. In May, 1942 the family was sent to the Poston Internment Camp in Arizona.
Sato's book is a powerful and moving account of her family's grace and dignity in the face of great adversity.
The eight children in her family all became well known and respected professionals in the Sacramento community.
"Sato's story inspires me with her account of God's grace in the midst of great adversity and struggle. Her family's love for each other and forgiveness of human failings is a model for holding onto a cornerstone in order to weather the storms of life," says Deborah Hicks, who is coordinating publicity for the event.
Luncheon tickets are $10 and must be purchased by May 11. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Contact Deborah at or Julie Hughes, 916.363.3630 to purchase.
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Rancho Cordova UMC is located at 2101 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Use the Google Maps feature on the church's webpage to plan your journey.