Asian Pacific Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of the Asians and Pacific Islanders and their contributions to the rich and diverse history of the United States.
In researching The Red Kimono and its sequel (currently a work-in-progress and titled Broken Dreams) I’ve come across several websites and books detailing the history of events surrounding these cultures. Throughout May, I’ll share some of what I’ve found.
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I found this fascinating blog late in my research for The Red Kimono and I continue to read almost every post. It continues to provide me with a sense of a time in history that will also be represented in my sequel, and possibly my prequel.
“Mustang Koji” provides the unique perspective of a man whose family experienced both sides of the war with Japan during World War II:
“Twists of fate and world events can put siblings on opposite sides of a fence. In my case, my uncle donned on the uniform of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and died on Leyte. My father, although a US citizen like my uncle who was killed, was imprisoned in stateside “camps” during WWII by President Franklin D. Roosevelt – just one among over 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent. Dad then enlisted for the legendary 8th US Army’s Military Intelligence Service after being released from camp.”
Particularly poignant to me was his series, “The Pain of Survival,” which recounts through heart-wrenching description and family photographs, his family’s experience before and after the bombing of Hiroshima.
Also, one of his most fascinating series, “What Did FDR Know?” presents details most of us didn’t learn in our history classes, as well as archive and personal photographs.
I was fortunate to meet Koji-san at the Tanabata Festival in Los Angeles last year, and we’ve kept in touch since then. I hope you’ll also take the opportunity to get to know this man and his history by visiting his blog.