Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Japanese Americans have also risen to the top in the medical, legal and teaching professions: The Los Angeles County Coroner, for instance, is Dr. Thomas Noguchi; the President of San Francisco State College, one of the state's most troubled campuses, is Dr. S. I. Haya-lc&wa* In "Little Tokyo" - the centre of Los Angeles Japanese life - an urban development program has filled the district with new high-rise "build ings. Even the racial prejudice of pre-Second World War days seems to have faded, and the Japanese suffer no ghetto restrictions. Inevitably injustices remain At work to correct them is the Japanese - American Citizens'' League, an organization born 40 years ago out of the deep-rooted, anti - oriental prejudice then prevalent on the West Coast With 92 chapters throughout the United States, it is the community's only nationwide organization. The JACL went through t baptism of fire during the Second World War when, after Pearl Harbour, more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were moved to detention camps at 48 hours' notice, abandoning or selling their possessions for next to nothing. The JACL protested that German and Italian immigrants were given individual investigation before being moved and many were untouched, while for the Japanese - Americans blanket order was issued. A violent campaign was conducted against them in the Hearst Press end the evacuations continued for months after all threat of a Japanese invasion of the U.S. mainland had been dispelled by the battle of Midway. The Japanese lost homes, farms and their Californian fishing fleet. Many millions of dollars of Japanese American capital were dispersed, and after the war the JACL could persuade the Federal Government to make restitution of no more than 25 per cent of the total. JOIN ARMY Yet in the detention camps only a few of the tens of thousands of inmates turned anti-American. The vast majority behaved like loyal U.S. citizens, and in the final stages of the war, when the post - Pearl Harbour hysteria had died down, they were allowed to join the Army. Several thousands saw combat service in Italy, France and the Pacific. Japanese - American units had some 10,000 casualties in Italy, and Genera] MacArthur said that intelligence work done by Japanese-American soldiers in the Pacific saved thousands of American lives. The JACL's national secretary, Mike Masaoka, led the post-war struggle to win back rights for the embattled community. As a Washington lobbyist he obtained approval for bills concerning naturalization rights, compensation for property losses and the authorization for servicemen to return Charges laid after Rome march ROME (AP) - Italian police brought criminal charges Monday against extreme rightists who marched1 in the streets of Home shouting: "We want the colonels!" The political office of Rome police headquarters accused 17 persons of exalting crime and taking part in a Fascist demonstration Sunday. It did not name them but said some were leaders of the extreme rightist organizations that took part in the parade. The charges came after Italian leftists demanded criminal action against monarchists and neo-Fascists who virtually called for a military coup d'etat during the demonstration. The dispute coincided with renewed arguing over whether Premier Emilio Colombo's centre-left government should collaborate with the Italian Communist party, largest in the West WANTS BAN DIAPERS ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state legislator has introduced a measure to ban the sale of all disposble diapers in Maryland on the grounds that they "are creating monumental ecological imbalance." Kenneth L. Webster, a Baltimore Democrat, said the diapers are "primary sources of water pollution and ... at times create serious pipeline blockage." with war brides from Japan. Today Masaoka is president of a company that specializes in international public relations. He is active in the business of promoting American friendship with Japan. The Japanese-American community falls naturally into three generations, each self-labelled: the Issei - the immigrants who came from Japan around the turn of the century; the second generation Nisei, now mostly in their 40s and 50s; and the San-sei, the grandchildren in their 20s and teens. The young Sansel have become thoroughly Americanized. So thoroughly, indeed, that they are carrying on a youth rebellion which approximates closely to that of their "Anglo" counterparts. At the last national convention of the JACL the Sansei confronted their Nisei elders with a spot of militant, ail-American political pro-it. There were several targets. First, Japanese - Americans had failed to speak up for the other oppressed minorities of the United States. They should drop their narrow view of their own interest and develop an Asian consciousness. Some Sansei even suggested that the JACL change -its name to the Asian - American League. Once an Asian you then equate the bombing of Hiroshima with US action in Vietnam as part and parcel of American oppression. FILMS SHOWN And that was what some longhaired young Japanese - Americans did in a two-hour long political confrontation with their elders. After speeches and songs, films were shown of the Second World War "concentration camps"; of the effects on human beings of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, and of US action in Indo-CMna. "The Japanese - American forgets too quickly," said 22-year-old Warren Furutani of Los Angeles' - himself a JACL official. "He has learned his place. Business is better than ever. Nice Japs send their children to school to learn how to make Hiroshima. If this is the lesson, we won't be nice." Among community leaders, the top target of the Sansei is conservative Professor Haya-kawa, whom Governor Ronald Reagan appointed as President of riot-torn San Francisco State College. Hayakawa rode out some stormy months and recently the college has been calm. To the militant young, however, he is "a yellow Uncle Tom, Reagan's puppet and a symbol of repression." When the Sansei picketed Professor Hayakawa it was the first time that Japanese Americans had demonstrated against one of their own. The militants are, however, few in number, and their support among their elders is still �mailer, although a few liberals go along with some of the protest. Inside JACL, for instance, a liberal faction has been lobbying against a law that gives the President power to set up detention camps in time of national emergency. President Nixon has agreed that the law should be eliminated. S seems unlikely that Japanese - Americans would ever again suffer anything like their wartime humiliations. But the older people want to be sure. Their memories are not so short as the Sansei seem to need to believe. BER with the automatic fabric sensor SB THI BIAUTIFUL MRNINA ATt CALL FOR Flttl HOMI DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCE & TV CENTRE 319 7th STREET SOUTH PHONE 328-1673 The flavor that won the West In Western Canada, Nabob outsells all other ground coffees combined. That's because Nabob always delivers real coffee value. And quality that never varies, pound after pound after pound. 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