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I Was Attacked for Being Asian

Even after a lifetime of training in karate, it was hard for me to know how to protect myself

Sakura, my namesake, means “cherry blossom” in Japanese. The pink flowers are one of Japan’s most iconic and beloved images. They’re also the country’s national flower. Around the world, when the cherry blossoms bloom, the whole world watches, a tradition called hanami in Japan.

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