Gaman – Portraits of Chicago Nisei WWII Veterans

Honoring our Nisei veterans….

Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans, chronicles the experiences of six Japanese American veterans. After the United States entered World War II, Executive Order 9066 was signed, classifying all Japanese living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens, as 4C – Enemy Alien. Those living on the west coast were ordered to report to assembly centers and relocated to internment camps.

Gaman explores the veterans memories before the war, the impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on their lives, the internment, their time in the military, and how they settled in Chicago, Illinois after the war.

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans follows the stories of six Japanese American veterans.

Video by DANIEL IZUI

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Contributor Bio:

Daniel Izui is a Yonsei from Evanston, Illinois.  He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute’s film school in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California.  His grandfather…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 1, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Amazing how we treated people. Unfortunately in other respects it still continues today albeit with the Muslim population!

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  2. Wünsche einen schönen Sonntag liebe Grüße Gislinde

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  3. A very moving film. So glad you came across it and shared it with us. What incredible people.

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  4. I believe I mentioned on this blog previously that because Canada is a close ally to the US, during America’s war with Japan we too interred loyal Japanese-Canadian citizens in concentration camps as enemies of our nation. Many wound up in a camp outside of Edmonton.

    It’s a terrible shame in our history.

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    • Not just the association with us, the public on the west coast were frightened about Japan’s possibility of attack – all those islands had been hit at once and then Alaska? How can you blame them? I am ashamed of the Americans who did it out of financial and/or political reasons in California and D.C.

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  5. Daniel Izui is my cousin’s brother-in-law. 🙂

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  6. Fantastic video…so happy you re-blogged it!

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  7. That’s a moving tribute to Japanese-Americans who served in the war. When I was growing up, the history of the internment camps was never taught in school. When I was a teenager, an elderly lady befriended me, and one day she told me about it. I was dumbstruck. I didn’t believe her. I couldn’t believe our country could do such a thing. It’s a dark side of American history, but it needs to be taught so we don’t repeat the tragedy.

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    • Quite right!! I was not taught this in school either, but my father, Smitty, served with some of the Nisei in the Pacific and spoke so highly of them. His tales of their feats and his gratitude for what they had done was amazing. To discover that some of their families were in camps was incomprehensible!!

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  8. This was very moving GP. It is great that the veterans are now recorded on video for posterity, so future generations can see what those from the same background were up against, and how they responded to the situation.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. Thank you, Marcey.

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