(Part 1 of 2) Al & Jane Nakatani talk about the systemic and societal failures that contributed to the deaths of all three of their sons and how they arrived at their lifelong mission of educating parents and institutions how to affirm the inherent value and diversity of children and youth. (Intro: Try New Things, But Also Do What’s Helpful)
AL & JANE NAKATANI are the Co-Founders, Administrators, and Educators of their 501c3 non-profit corporation, “Honor Thy Children, Inc.” (HTC, Inc.). The mission of HTC, Inc. is to provide and be involved in primarily educational activities that “Promote The Acceptance of Human Diversity, Through The Understanding and Management of Human and Self-Denigration.” Upon request, Al and Jane Nakatani deliver keynote addresses and conduct workshops that are in keeping with the stated mission of HTC, Inc.
The thrust of HTC, Inc.’s educational efforts come from the true-life experiences of Al and Jane Nakatani, who in the span of 8 years watched their three sons, Glen, Greg, and Guy Nakatani die from what they describe as “premature and preventative” causes. All three sons died while still in their 20’s. The story of the Nakatani family is chronicled in the book “Honor Thy Children” by Molly Fumia and as shown in the educational video, “Honor Thy Children” and in the full-feature documentary of the same name, produced by Francisco Leon. Al and Jane Nakatani have made countless appearances, across numerous states, at a variety of institutions and groups and attended by diverse audiences. Wherever they have appeared, the message is always the same; that they as parents, the culture to which they belong and identify with, the institutions that have influenced and “educated” them and their sons, and the nature of our “American” society had systematically contributed to the deaths of their sons; and that the systemic process of human and self-denigration continues unabated with continued horrific consequences to our most vulnerable of citizens, our children and youth.