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Battle for ‘soul’ of Seattle’s Japanese American community as nursing home closes

Protesters take to the streets in the Chinatown International District in front of Uwajimaya during a rally against real estate development in Seattle, Wash. on August 1, 2019. (Photo by Karen Ducey)

Keiro Northwest nursing home was founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans for Japanese Americans, to care for their elderly in a respectful and culturally familiar manner. Its closure after years of financial struggle has caused anger and suspicion.

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