Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Japanese Americans decry Rep. Peter King's hearings as 'sinister'"

Article here from the Washington Post

Summary: Japanese Americans, recalling specifically their ancestors experience with American racism during WWII, have formed an unlikely bond with Muslim Americans and were outraged at the hearings held about Muslim anti-American activity.

>Spurred by memories of the World War II-era roundup and internment of 110,000 of their own people, Japanese Americans, especially on the West Coast, have been among the most vocal and passionate supporters of embattled Muslims.<

Now that’s funny. Where did the WaPo dig up this clown? I work with Japanese Americans in the anime and fansub community in L.A. and the only thing they give a damn about is when the latest Naruto and One Piece is coming out.

---Edited to Add: I just realized I think I found a weeaboo Freeper? That must be a small community.


Well, WW2 is over and we won. Most Japanese Americans (Tokyo Rose a notable exception) remained loyal to America. The jury is still out on the first loyalties of America's Muslims. King's hearings are necessary and long overdue.


"cross-cultural trips to the Manzanar internment camp memorial in California and held "Bridging Communities" workshops in Islamic schools and on college campuses."

How about a cross cultural tour between NY Ground Zero and Pearl Harbor. They ought to get a hoot out of that.


FDR didn’t have any hearings, he just rounded them up. Had they held hearings, there might have been another outcome.

So its apples and oranges.

In this case, we have the constant problem of muslims obstructing the war effort, aiding and abetting the jihadists, and even muslims in uniform attacking their fellow soldiers. That didn’t happen in the case of the japanese. So, again, apples and oranges.


Crap happens. Sure, I wish we hadn't interned American citizens - but to be fair, I can understand it. We just had our Pacific fleet sunk; the Japanese had taken over the Philippines and imprisoned many American soldiers ... it really wasn't a time for rational, calm, thinking. The focus was to win the war. I wish we hadn't gone the interment route -- but its easy to play Monday morning quarterback some 70 years after Pearl Harbor and Corregidor. I don't condemn those who made the decision (although I'm no FDR fan) - they were living in tough times. And they won the war.


My daughter said their strongest bond is as kamikaze fighters. ;-)


How many Japanese-Americans that were interned returned to Japan after the war? Do these groups also commemorate what Japan did in Nanking? It was much worse than internment, which is given a lopsided treatment in our history books.


I was a youth in Phoenix when one day I saw a couple of busses pullup -in front of the YMCA. I heard the people, all Japanese were going/being taken to a relocation camp. I had serious misgivings about what I saw. As the war progressed and I was drafted and my brother was killed on Okinawa and I had more insight, I thought about the people on the busses a bit differently. The USA was fighting for It’s very existance not some border conflict, no doubt about that. The Japs( war time soldiers language) had been in Hawaii, Alaska and had even brought the war to the mainland by bombs and submarines. In the dire days this Nation could not afford any fifth column Japanese. Like today with the Muslims when and if push came to shove who would stand with whom? As much as Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese,not all were citizens, seemed too gross as a defence against a possible calamity it took into account a possibility that would have been worse than at Nanking ,Shanghai and other occupied cities . After Wake Island when the USA did not have such fear of Jap sea power invading the USA or even Hawaii perhaps the internment camps could have/should have been closed. As with much of happenings in life the little words ‘if only’ could be asked . With this being said there should be many thanks to the Japanese who served this Nation to highest honors in spite of the bitter sweet experience of the internment camps. For me though the cost of my brother’s life along with so many other young men to make sure there would be no Jap invasion of our soil softens my memory of that day in Phoenix.


I think that certain people ought to shut up.

What the Nipponese did to America was pretty freaking bad.

So we nuked em.

So now we’re supposed to be the bad guys?

They’re watching too much Network News and history rewrites.


whiney politics at play again

there were more Germans rounded up than Japanese


The ruthlessness of the Japanese initially made the Germans look like rookies and raised an entirely different type of anger in the Western world than that towards the outwardly-complying-with-Geneva-Convention Germans.

I will not dispute that some Western Civilization internments (in the USA and in other nations) were of completely innocent men accused of being collaborators - i.e., neighbor ratting out neighbor or businessman ratting out a competing businessman for political/vindictive/personal gain reasons. Such is human nature and likely will never change. But I do find myself agreeing completely with the policy of removal within the context of an active and ongoing World war, and the practice of relocating the entire family instead of separating the men out and leaving the women and children behind to fend for themselves in an increasingly hostile environment. Had the Japanese military adhered to the Geneva Convention, perhaps there would have been less anamosity towards the Japanese as a whole.

"Sinister" is a good adjective for the behavior of the Japanese military during WW2, but it is especially poorly used as an adjective to describe Japanese interment camps and counts on the listener being completely ignorant of historical fact. Never Forget


  1. Considering how much Libertarian traffic 4chan gets, I bet that freeper/weeaboo Venn diagram looks a bit better than you think it might.

  2. Ahahahahaha Freep fansubbers. Brilliant. Do you think they add in their own Conservapedia-like spin in the translations?