Here are two stories which try to answer the question “Who’s an American?”
This first story appeared in the LA Times the day before July 4, 2017. It’s about a 91-year-old Medal of Honor recipient (the US Military’s highest honor) whose surname happens to be Miyamura, not Mayberry or McDonald.
The second story concerns the tradition of resistance and fighting against injustice that are rooted in the origins of this country. Contrary to popular belief, many Japanese Americans chose to fight for American values not in the battlefields but resisting what they believed was an un-American act from within the camps. A new documentary by Konrad Aderer called “Resistance at Tule Lake” tells their story. Here’s a mention of it in the NYTimes. Here is more background on Konrad Aderer and his film.
My Yellow Bowl Project hopes to spur discussion around these questions: Who is an American? What does citizenship mean? How long do you have to be in the US to be considered a bonafide member of this group?