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Using interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, Brown portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, they were asked to do the near impossible. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and...
383 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
xx, 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence is a compelling story of courage, community, endurance, and reparation. It shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics. The soldiers were from Hood River, Oregon, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders,...
1 videodisc (28 min.) : sound, color and black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD-R. This documentary focuses on the experiences of Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei who became a U.S. soldier and hero during World War II. He was born in California of Japanese parents, raised in Los Angeles and Japan, then, after returning to California, sent to the Jerome, Arkansas concentration camp as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and volunteered, along with other Nisei soldiers, to go to Burma as part...
1 videodisc (54 min.) : sound, color and black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD-R. This documentary tells the story of Kazuo Yamane, an elite translator and a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.
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