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Swastika had place in show's set

We were invited to see the Shaolin Warriors at the Gallo Center for the Arts. To say that it was an outstanding performance was an understatement. In one scene, a swastika appeared with Buddha's image in the background. My friends and I were shocked and puzzled to see a Nazi symbol. I did some research, and found that the swastika is a symbol in the modern Unicode and is often imprinted on religious texts, marriage invitations and decorations. It is used to mark religious flags in Asia. It means love, peace and well-being.

In 1920, the right-facing swastika was appropriated as a Nazi symbol, and has since become controversial. I just want to share this little-known piece of history with my friends and my fellow Modestans.

MELODY HO

Modesto

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