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Monument to immigrants in San Jose’s J-town defaced

From Roy’s Station Coffee and Tea via Facebook

A stunned family discovered Monday that vandals in San Jose defaced an historic monument dedicated to Japanese immigrants.

The Mercury News reports the owners of Roy’s Station Coffee and Tea discovered the graffiti when they opened up their shop Monday morning.

The city of Okayama in Japan gave San Jose the 11-thousand pound granite rock as a gift to honor the Issei immigrants who settled in Silicon Valley.

“Really, tagging a monument honoring our ancestors? Shameful,” wrote Roy’s Station Coffee and Tea on Facebook.

The vandals defaced the monument with a tag unfortunately familiar to police who have seen it in other areas of the city.

They do not think this attack is racially motivated.

“This is just adding insult to injury this has been a tremendously difficult year especially for small businesses,” City councilmember Raul Peralez said to KRON-TV.

“It’s just extremely disheartening.”

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