Japanese-American Vietnam Veterans

A panel discussion was held on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They talked about their… read more

A panel discussion was held on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They talked about their experiences in the military from basic training through Vietnam and civilian reactions to them. Topics included prejudice against minorities in the military, ill-treatment of minority veterans, and the special problem of looking like the enemy, including relations with the Vietnamese. They responded to questions from members of the audience.

The moderator was Judge Vincent Okamoto, who was in Vietnam 1968-1969 as an infantry officer. His first published novel, Wolfhound Samurai, is about his experiences in Vietnam. Kenneth Hayashi, in Logistical Services, and Gary Hayakawa, paratrooper, were in Vietnam 1967-1968. David Miyoshi was a Marine officer in Vietnam 1969-1970 while Scott Takahashi was in the artillery. Jerry Yamamoto served stateside as a psychology social work specialist.

This program was presented at 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 23, 2009, in honor of Memorial Day, at the Japanese American National Museum in collaboration with Japanese American Living Legacy. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
286768-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Los Angeles, California, United States
First Aired:
Jun 21, 2009
Last Aired:
Jun 22, 2009

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  • Jun 21, 2009 | 1:50pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 21, 2009 | 7:49pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 22, 2009 | 1:49am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 22, 2009 | 7:49am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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