During the Second World War, while America was fighting the Japanese, a unit of second generation Japanese-Americans was fighting bravely on the European front. These sons of Japanese immigrants proved their courage and loyalty on the fiercest battlefields, as they fought to overcome the stigma of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The 100/442nd Regiment suffered the highest rates casualty and became the most decorated unit in American history. Meanwhile, back at home, their families were in desolate internment camps, having been forced to leave their homes, farms, and businesses.
This film, made by the daughter of one of the soldiers, tells their story through remembrances and archival footage. With pride, the veterans recall how they rescued the "Lost Battalion" of 211 Texans about to be annihilated by the enemy. Eight-hundred soldiers were wounded or killed in this operation, which the U.S. Army has called one of the top ten battles of all time. The veterans also remember the friendly rivalry between the exuberant Hawaiian-Japanese, who had never faced discrimination, and the reserved American Nisei who had the double burden of fighting prejudice at home as well as the enemy abroad. Produced and directed by Wendy Hanamura.
Japanese American National Museum
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the Constitution at the Smithsonian National Museum
FACE TO FACE, which connects the experiences of Japanese Americans imprisoned during WWII with those of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans today.
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