Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 120
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July 13, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 120

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American family: Author David Ushio with wife ludy and daughter Mist/. As head of Japanese American Citizens League, he seeks greater racial harmorty. by David Ushio SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. I have been following with intense interest the news accounts of the Vietnamese war refugees who have come to the United States and -are struggling to establish themselves in American society. I don't envy them, because I, too, know what difficulty a person of Oriental descent faces in trying to integrate himself into American life--even when he happens to be an American himself. I happen to be such an American-- bom and raised in Salt Lake City by parents who also were born here. I attended public schools, watched Dizzy Dean and the "Game- of the Week" on television, listened to the Limeliters and the Kingston Trio. Yet recently, after I made a speech to 300 'people in a large Midwestern city, people came up to me and asked me where I'd learned to speak English so well. To them, because I'm a Japanese-American, I'm somehow foreign, suspicious, and not really a citizen of this land. A Congressman's view Almost all Japanese-Americans can relate incidents of some well-meaning person asking how they like it in "our" country. Even our leaders aren't immune. I once talked for over ah hour with a Midwest Congressman about - civil rights legislation. I explained why it was important to Japanese-Americans because of our personal history and the tragedy of the internment camps in the 1940's. The Congressman's final words were: "Young man, if you can guar-. antee to me that your country will not bomb Pearl Harbor again, then i'll vote for your bill." John J. Wilsori, the Watergate lawyer for Robert Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, was heard over public television to refer to Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii as a "little Jap." Since the Senator had lost hfs arm in defense of America in World War II, Wilson's attempt to justify the racial slur was even worse. Wilson said he wouldn't feel bad if someone called him a little American. Feel strong ties Few groups of U. S. citizens have been so closely associated with a foreign country as the Japanese-Americans are with Japan. As U. S. and Japanese relations go, so go the fortunes of these citizens. During World War II, this ethnic group suffered its worst humiliation. On Feb. 19,1942, Executive Order 9066 directed that 110,000 Japanese Americans be removed to 10 inland relocation camps because it was feared they might attempt sabotage. Germans and Italians were also enemies in World War II. However, these immigrants and their children were not interned or removed from "strategic" locations. Even a great civil libertarian like Earl Warren, then Attorney General of California, said in 1942: "We believe that when we are dealing with the Caucasian race we have methods that will test the loyalty of them, and we believe that we can, in dealing with the Germans and the Italians, arrive at some fairly sound conclusions because of our knowledge of the way they live in the community and have lived for many years. But when we deal with the Japanese we are in an entirely different field and we cannot form any opinion that we believe to be sound." After the war a period of friendly relations began for the U. S. and Japan. Japanese-Americans profited from this. They put their education to work, worked extra hours and extra hard, sacrificed, and basically realized the American Dream. They "made it" economically. Edwin O. Reischauer, Harvard professor and former ambassador to Japan, calls the history of the second- generation Japanese - Americans the "Horatio Alger tale on an ethnic scale." Racial stereotype Their success story created a new problem. Many Japanese-Americans were pressured by being part of a model minority. The social cliche that all Asians are industrious, thrifty, self-sufficient, victimized the individual. Much more was expected of a Japanese-American because of this racial stereotype. When he produced only average work, he and others felt he had failed. Growing economic competition between Japan and the U. S. and concern over environmental problems have caused new problems between Japan and the U. S. and, therefore, between Japanese-Americans and their fellow citizens. Japanese have been investing recently in U. S. hotels and real estate. This has caused fear in some of a second economic "Pearl Harbor." What Americans fail to realize is that Canada and European ("white") countries have much larger investments in the U. S. than Japan. In 1972, when the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) held its national convention in Washington, D. C, Congressman Spark M. Matsunaga of Hawaii took 300 delegates on a tour of the city. They ran into a demonstration against foreign imports sponsored by one of the electrical unions. The union ' members looked at the Japanese-Americans and saw them as "Japs" from Japan who were taking away their jobs and displacing American electronic products with their low price exports. Epithets on homes . Racial epithets have been scrawled on Japanese-American homes. This past year in California, a Japanese-American politician was called home in the middle of the campaign, because police had found "Go back to Japan!" and "Dirty Jap" painted on his home. Although this highly respected public official was reelected, the incident shows that when people get intense, continued

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