By Storyteller Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
An American family gathers for a reunion with laughter, memories, and good ol’ corn beef and cabbage. Suddenly, the father kneels before his family and sobs apologetically, “Your country has betrayed you.” With the launch of Executive Order 9066, the unconstitutional mass incarceration of over 110,00 citizens of Japanese ancestry begins. Now this American family, deemed the “enemy race”, must ask, “What will happen next?”
- What did it mean that the Japanese boy was the second son and there was “nothing for him in Japan?”
- Robert’s Grandfather aligned himself with the U.S. Navy as a cook and received an honorable discharge. Later, he cries before his family and apologizes that he has left them with “No country.” Is that true? Why or why not?
- What sort of values and biases does America show towards its citizens during WWII? What does the redress movement signify?
- Repairing America: An Account of the Japanese American Redress by William Minoru Hohri
- Asian American/Asians
- Crossing Cultures
- Family and Childhood
- Stereotypes and Discrimination