The Empty Chair Project | a memorial to the WWII …

While I do not consider the Japanese-American internment of WWII to be one of the brighter moments in the history of democracy in the US, I think it’s rather far-fetched to compare it in any way to what Hitler and the Nazi regime perpetrated in Europe during the same time period.

a memorial to the WWII Japanese-American internees of Juneau, Alaska

I admire the Japanese Americans like Ben Kuroki and their strong resolve despite the fact that they got the really short end of the stick during WWII. I visited the Japanese American museum in San Jose a few years back and I had many tears in my eyes during the presentation. Japanese Americans were treated with no respect and lost everything they had despite the fact that they assimilated back into the US society that shunned them and were the most decorated military group in WWII in Europe as the 442nd infantry. The discrimination that Japanese Americans suffered compared to the German or Italian Americans is incredible to say the least. Just because they looked different than a white European descendent of even Germans or Italians made them an enemy on the eyes of the US government, what garbage. My wife's ancestors came to the US to farm and eventually returned to Japan due to the Sino discriminatory attitudes in the early 20th century which is a shame. They contributed as doctors, dentists, farmers, shopkeepers etc. and did not discriminate like other Asian minorities at that time, and made a mark in the business and culture of the western United states.


Memoirs from the Interned | Japanese-American …

At first glance, it's odd for me to find a story about an American war hero who served primarily in the European Theater of WWII on Japantoday, a site about life in Japan, the country itself and the people that live there. The man was an American whose ancestors just happened to be Japanese, and many people of his background were persecuted during WWII by those who those hastily inferred that they have substantial connections with Japan, the country itself, and therefore disloyal to America. However, I'm not saying that the good people Japantoday have misplaced intentions to publish this story here, not at all. I bet some of them are Americans themselves who thought the guy deserves recognition wherever possible, and I don't blame them for thinking that and choosing to publish it here. After all, it's well known that the US media has a bias against Asians at large. Most of the time when we see Asians on mainstream American TV, cinema or media, if not exclusively, is when they fit the bill of negative racial stereotypes (including that submissive Asian woman/white male dynamic). So good on you JT.