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... from an article I was writing for Asian Pacific Heritage Month:
 
 

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smillaraaq
May. 12th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Oh, wow...weird culture shock moment. These guys are such huge local heroes that checking out some of those mainland pages floored me for a second -- it's just so unimaginable to an island girl that anyone could be so unfamiliar with the regimental motto that it would need translating.
chomiji
May. 13th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)

I can't remember a time when I didn't know the expression, but I saw it explained on enough of those sites that I mentioned the definition/origin in the article. We actually got 3 nice notes about the piece, which shocked me (usually no one says anything about just about anything we post), but I found out later from the EEO attorney (who had suggested the subject) that the head of the Veterans Committee had sent a note to all the members suggesting that they take a look at it. Ahh, Susan - you're so sweet to get us more readership, but now I don't feel quite as chuffed about those notes!

smillaraaq
May. 13th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Well, suggesting folks go read something still isn't the same as telling them to send thank-you notes afterwards, eh? Sounds to me like maybe the note alerted people who might not have spotted the article if left to their own devices, but the appreciation once they found it was likely all theirs. :)

And it's interesting, glancing at those pages, seeing some of the broader and longer-term cultural impact on the islands that isn't addressed (or at least not obviously in the top-level links, though I'm sure it's probably at least touched upon here and there in some of the individual articles, or buried deeper in the mass of information.) The local nisei wartime experience of the 100th/442nd guys, and the increased educational access afforded the surviving vets by the G.I. Bill, had a huge effect on the push for statehood, and the corresponding rise in power of the pro-statehood (and more ethnically diverse) local Democratic party, in opposition to the Republican powers-that-be that had dominated during the annexation and territorial era; even outside of the islands, the more reactionary elements in Congress found it harder to justify the racist fearmongering over the prospects of a primarily non-white, heavily Japanese state after these men had so thoroughly proved their loyalty in blood. Or on a humbler linguistic level, local slang still preserves terms spawned out of the culture clash between the local and mainland Japanese, although nowadays the names are used pretty interchangably with no mainland/islander connotation attached.
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