Being Japanese American
December 7, 2006 Thursday 3PM CT
This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, we look at the experience of Japanese-Americans from WWII to today.
- Shinkichi Tajiri, artist
- Gil Asakawa, author of "Being Japanese American"
- Patty 12/8/06: "I just wanted to tell you I was moved to tears last night by the exchange between the WWII soldiers -- the Japanese-American soldier who was wounded and the man from the unit rescued by the wounded man's company. The whole program was wonderful. Congratulations. It was radio at its finest."
- Morgan 12/7/06: "The internment of Japanese-Americans is still relevant to us today because it's a good example of reparations. When I visited the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and saw a photo of an elderly Japanese-American receiving a payment and apology from Pres. Reagan, but know that African-Americans have yet to receive reparations--and those who support reparations for African-Americans are even sometimes thought of as 'wingnuts.'"
- Sharon 12/7/06: "I am listening to your guest talking about his experience during World War II. I am in no way defending FDR's policy regarding the Japanese during the war. However, I do believe one must remember that we WERE attacked and that the Tojo government was very fanatical. That your guest was, and possibly still is, so bitter toward the US that he had no desire to fight for this country, does not sit well with me. We had many Native Americans and African-Americans whose treatment by the US was much worse, and for much more than 4 years, and they still served this country with passion."