Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Korematsu Lives

The first time I read about Fred Korematsu was from Bill Wang's book Yellow Journalism. I learned the history of his courage to stand up against the racist Executive Order 9066 that imprisoned 120,000 Japanese and Japnese Americans in concentration camps during World War I.

I remember telling some friends that we don't have any role models in the Asian American community and in history books.

Mr. Korematsu's herculean determination to fight for his constitutional rights as a Japanese American and his exoneration is an inspiration to me. I almost cry when I read about the reaction in the courtroom after U.S. District Judge Patel vacated Mr. Korematsu's conviction.

It's said that if you forget history, it may repeat itself. That's why it's imperative that we remember Mr. Korematsu's courageous act of fighting for the rights of all Americans.

We cannot forget the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. As it is, the same history is plaguing the Afghan and Middle Eastern prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Fred Korematsu lives!


Blogger andrea kao said...

Hi Eddy,
This morning, I read a news article about Hiroshi Kashiwaga, who's now 82 years old, and was also interned in the camps. Reading this post revived my own short-term/long-term memory (what have you). During my last semester in high school (4 years ago!), I researched the same Korematsu case for government class. I can't believe I've forgotten about it in the past 4 years.

Here is a link to the news article:
Maybe your friend can print the article for you to read. Please take care.


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