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  •  Thank you Denise Oliver Velez for this diary- (10+ / 0-)

    This particular truth affected me 11 years after the Executive Order 9066 of February 1942:

    but all of them faced racism and bigotry at home in the wave of anti-Japanese (and anti-Asian) hysteria.

    Literally, from the moment of my birth, the individual actions of multiple strangers impacted my life.  It is no exaggeration to ponder the probability that their direct & indirect actions saved my life.

    Within going into great depth as to the ramifications of  misogeny, miscegenation & racism as it pertains to this comment, suffice to say it took an untold number of individuals engaged in multiple forms of social action for a number of years to “save my life” in large part due to those words.

    Forms of individual social action such as those initiated by Mitsubishi heiress Miki Sawada,  Pearl S. Buck,  Josephine Baker, Northwest farmers Harry and Bertha Holt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III, James Michener, average citizens of two countries and so many unnamed others.

    As well as an act of congress

    Due in part to the Displaced Persons Act, which allowed three thousand displaced children to enter the U.S. in spite of their countries' immigration quotas, families in the U.S. adopted 1,845 German children and 2,987 Japanese children between 1948 and 1962.

    I was part of the initial 300 allowed to enter the US before the door was closed (until Operation Baby Airlift during the Vietnam conflict)

    For those interested in gaining further insights, I highly recommend the book:
    "trans-pacific racisms and the US occupation of Japan" by Yukiko Koshiro

    Blessings to Yuri Kochiyama and all those who devote their lives to activism for the greater good of all.  And in so doing, honor those stilled voices of long ago as well as those still left voiceless today.

    I can never truly pay it forward.  But I will die trying...

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