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16 Part VI Sunday, November 8, 1987 Cofi Atiflclce Slimes Letters in VIEW A Bitter Reminder The thing that really irks me about Johanne E. M. Zell's letter to the editor in View is that she didn't take the time to understand the redress bill for Japanese Americans before she started knocking it ("Reviving Bitter Memories," Letters, Oct. 25; Zell's family was among those imprisoned by Japan in Singapore and Java during World War II). Her biggest mistake is comparing the Americans of Japanese ancestry with the Japanese. I am a third-generation American of Japanese descent and my parents were interned during World War II. They were not starved in camp, but they sacrificed more than food; they lost their freedom and pride as Americans. My father was one of the many Japanese-American soldiers who fought for his country, the United States, while his family was held in cages made of barbed wire. He was a member of the 442nd battalion, the all Japanese-American team, and the most highly decorated unit in the history of World War II, often referred to as the "Purple Heart" battalion because of its large number of casualties. How many Americans would fight and give their lives for the same America that was holding their parents in prison camps? Probably only the most loyal. I agree with Zell when she says that, "In a war, anyone can become the enemy." That is the reason why the passing of the redress bill is so important. The Japanese-American internment showed that the U.S. government can turn on its very own people during wartime fear and hysteria. Something we don't want to happen again, to any group of people. It's easy for Zell to confuse Japanese Americans with Japanese nationals because we both have yellow skin and black hair. But it's the very same mistake that the U.S. government made during World War II. KELLIE ASANO Torrance I think that Johanne E. M. Zell neglected an essential point in her letter. In World War II, the Japanese imprisoned foreigners like herself. We imprisoned American citizens. Many of them were native-born American citizens. Her analogy is totally false. WALTER D.DOUGLAS Colton Since when did Americans, who happened to be of Japanese ancestry, become responsible for acts of a government wholly outside their control? Why are Americans of Japanese ancestry tagged with the responsibliities of Japan or its government's actions? What seems to rankle Zell is she wants a certain ethnic group of Americans to be held eternally responsible for the government of Japan's actions. If this isn't racism, what is racism? I am at a deep loss as to how any human being could gain any solace by assigning responsibilities for what happened to them in Singapore and Java to incarcerated Americans who themselves were illegally and cruelly interned Only at f jL The Head Boutique featuring America's Premier Sportswear, Skiwear & Accessories! You're Invited toattend our Grand Opening Festivities, in Santa Ana on Friday Nov.13th and in San Diego on Saturday Nov. 14th. Special Hours 7pm-9pm without ever being combatants in World War II, and some of whose children paid the supreme price of dying for America to save it for people like Zell. ROBERT L.ARONOFF South Pasadena Re: J.E.M. Zell's reaction to the internment of Japanese Americans, or as is more descriptive, Americans of Japanese descent. Granted her family's and her own personal experiences were inhumane and unpardonable. However, I fail to see how she feels not paying reparations will somehow punish the Japanese who imprisoned her. She seems to rightly feel that Japan owes her an apology. Well, Japan is not America. Since she is living in America, she must feel that it's a better place to live. It takes courage to admit to a mistake and America is strong and wise enough to do that. Can't she see through her bitterness enough to realize that America's attitude goes a much longer way toward ending the horrors that she had to endure? F.FUJIMO Long Beach I will lump the missive of Johanne E. M. Zell with the rest of those who, with apologies to Times writer Charles Champlin, have "appalling little historical information about their country. . . . Their past was yesterday afternoon, or perhaps only earlier this morning." Their position in opposing reparations for Japanese Americans who were interned I find repulsive and lacking in historical scholarship and intellectual honesty. It has been established in our courts of law, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, that mass relocation and imprisonment of Japanese Americans was done for racial reasons. I would call Zell's attention (and others with similar views) to the fact that German Americans in Wisconsin, with the support of U.S. 'Self-Regulation' Research Project Now Recruiting Parents and their young children are being recruited by Claire B. Kopp, adjunct professor, department of psychology, UCLA, for a federally funded three-year research project focusing on how children learn to go along with parental expectations for their behavior. Learning "self-regulation," as psychologists call it, has major implications for a child's successful socialization and for getting along in school yet, according to Kopp, little is known about its development. The study seeks to find out when, what and how children learn about their parents' standards for conduct and the attendant reward structure. Two age groups will be studied, children from 13 to 30 months and children from 30 to 48 months. Interested parents may contact Kopp at (213) 825-8426. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, came to the aid and support of German SS soldiers who had been tried and convicted for the Malmedy Massacre of American soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge. Death sentences for some were commuted. I would call her attention to the fact that more than 95 of the cases involving fifth-column activities involved persons of German and Italian descent. President Truman commuted to life imprisonment the death sentences for William C. Colepaugh (American citizen) and Eric Gimple (German citizen). Both had landed from a German U-Boat off the coast of Maine in 1944. Ezra Pound never stood trial for his treasonable activities. Fighting for his release were the likes of T. S. Eliot, Dag Hammarskjold, Ernest Hemingway, Archibald Mac-Leish, Robert Frost and Clare Boothe Luce. Only two Japanese Americans were tried and convicted for treason after World War II. Iva Top-guri D' Aquino (Tokyo Rose) and Tomoya Kawakita, a camp guard who mistreated American POWs. Twenty-seven years after D' Aquino's conviction, two witnesses who testified against her admitted they were coached by the prosecutor under extreme duress. In 1977 President Gerald Ford granted her a full and unconditional pardon, the first time in American history that such a pardon has been granted in a treason conviction. VAL RODRIGUEZ Signal Hill Women and Work The article "Women Share Working Woes on U.N. Day" (by Kathleen Hendrix, Oct. 26) must be a parody. The plight of these women, for the most part, seems to be that they have to work for a living. Sylvia Salley claims that she slaved at McDonalds. Slaved? McDonalds, a dark, satanic mill producing food from the blood and sweat of its labor force? Then she gets a 40-hour-a-week job while still in school. How dreary. After escaping from that death camp, the phone company kidnaped her, gave her lots of money, V y GARFIELD 5 HEV, GARFIELP.I LOOKEP OP THE WORP LAZH"' IN THE PICTIONARV ANP THE.V HAP VOUR PICTURE IT and asked that she work for it. She couldn't cut it and was rewarded with a promotion and allowed to rearrange her hours to a more convenient schedule. There are literally millions of men who would jump at the chance to have her job. Rachel Ayala's complaint is that law school is hard. Jeanette Ellis was a teacher for 11 years and still didn't manage to pay off her college loan. Sylvia Gentile probably hasn't heard this definition of self-employmentworking 80 hours a week for yourself so you don't have to work 40 hours a week for someone else. I just can't conjure up any sympathy for an artist married to an architect who is too busy remodeling to have a child. Not one of them seems to do anything useful, and they're complaining that life isn't easier. STEVE ROBERTS Northridge Kathleen Hendrix's article captured the persistent uphill efforts women make to work and care for their families, as well as their frustration. Her words draw clear pictures and help the readers understand the connection between employment and the prevention of poverty. Women are working so hard. Thank you for helping others see what is really happening. PATRICIA KIECHLER Director, corporate relations Women at Work Pasadena 2S Skin on Skin INTRODUCING Suedemarkll The most luxurious suede fabric ever. SuedemarkH has the look, feel, and drape of natural SuedemarkH breathes, sheds wrinkles and washes beautifully Select from 34 luscious colors. Special Introductory price: $36.00 yd. Exclusively at F & S FABRICS 10629 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90064 (213)470-3398 e I SLEPT TWROU&H ) (THE APPOINTMENT FOR TME PHOTO SESSION J I P o o The Bridal Event of the Year! 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