WHO/WHAT: JN Productions, Inc. presents this documentary about the Nisei soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In March 1943, 10,000 men of Japanese ancestry volunteered for the 442nd RCT when only 1,500 were requested. These men volunteered even though their families in Hawai‘i and on the Mainland were deemed enemy aliens, with some incarcerated in relocation camps by President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. Many of the Japan-born mothers of the Hawai‘i boys actually encouraged their sons to volunteer, even though America was at war with their mother country.
Highlights of the 1993 50th anniversary of the formation of the 442nd RCT will also be revisited. As the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye notes in an interview, “This may be the last roll call. We hate to see this because we know our journey is coming to an end. We upheld our honor, the nation’s honor and we will be proud that we can leave a legacy for our children. It was not in vain.”
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m. on KIKU-TV (Oceanic Ch. 9, Digital 89)