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Emeritus Lecturer Paul Maruyama Featured in Gazette

A recent article in The Gazette features Emeritus Lecturer in Japanese Paul Maruyama and the story of how his father helped rescue 1.7 million noncombatant Japanese in the aftermath of World War II.

A Colorado College lecturer in Japanese in the German, Russian and East Asian languages department, Maruyama wrote "Escape from Manchuria" to highlight what has been a footnote in the history of World War II, particularly in America. Maruyama's father and two friends, disguised as Chinese peasants, escaped from Soviet-occupied Manchuria in 1946 and reached Gen. Douglas MacArthur, then the Supreme Commander for Allied Power occupying Japan, to tell him of the life-threatening conditions facing the Japanese in Manchuria, which was cut off from the rest of the world.

Maruyama, who retired from Colorado College at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, joined CC in 1988. Prior to coming to CC, Maruyama was one of the first Japanese language instructors at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and he was the first Japanese language instructor at Colorado College. As an athlete, Maruyama was a member of the U.S. judo team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, he was the head coach of the 1980 and the 1984 U.S. Olympic judo teams.

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