Going for Broke
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, how did Japanese-Americans overcome vicious racial hatred, loss of constitutional rights, and forced imprisonment? Powerful archival footage and wrenching interviews with veterans reveal the untold story of Japanese-American soldiers who valiantly fought for freedom around the world while battling prejudice at home. Hosted by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and narrated by George Takei (Star Trek), Going for Broke honors the heroes who grew out of this climate of hate and injustice.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 3.26 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Release date : January 24, 2006
- Actors : George Takei, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye
- Studio : Questar
- ASIN : B000DN5W1G
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An interesting detail was friction between the Kotonks (mainlanders) and the Buddhaheads (Hawaiians).
Per the article "Kotonks vs. Buddhaheads" by Robert Asahina on the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans site, "The Hawaiians, products of the plantation system, enjoyed a sense of group solidarity — even, as the largest minority group in the islands, a sense of ethnic superiority. The mainlanders, by contrast, were used to life as a tiny and — after the “relocation” — legally oppressed minority."
"Tensions eventually erupted in brawls between the two groups. The Hawaiians soon invented a nickname for their adversaries — kotonks, for the sound of mainlanders’ heads striking the ground like coconuts. The mainlanders were just as quick to call the islanders “Buddhaheads” — not just a religious reference but a play on the word buta, Japanese for 'pig.'"
As the documentary chronicles, tensions began to abate when groups of soldiers from the Hawaiian 442d visited relocation camps. According to Daniel Inouye of the 442d and later a U.S. Senator, "The thing that went through my mind constantly was: “I wonder what I would have done. Would I have volunteered?” We [Hawaiians] volunteered from a community that was generous. We weren’t herded away. But these guys were herded into camps like this, and they volunteered."
For those who do not know the history of these men and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, this overview is just a beginning. Well narrated, interesting original footage and a simple recognition of what was accomplished within the military. They were among the first to arrive at Dauhac. Those who served in the Pacific Theater were an invaluable asset. Their losses were high and what of the losses for their families? Prejudice is costly in the suffering it causes.
Look back in history for the introduction of the US and Japan. In March 1854 Commodore Perry entered Tokyo Bay with a compliment of war ships. Under duress, the Japanese signed a treaty that would allow an 'open door' trading policy.
Learn the lessons of history and realize it's lasting effects. Japan and Germany are among our closest allies and some that were our allies in WWII have become the strength of Communism.
getting killed by the Germans during WWll in Italy.
My Parents are Japanese Americans they were kept prisoners in there own Country. The people who kept the supply coming in
sold their food on the black market so they had no food or very little to eat. Many of them had to get most or not all of their teeth pulled because of poor water. and H prilolylly a stomach bug that many people got