When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!” So I suppose I now have a “blog.” What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide. I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!
Many of you may not know this, but I was a Boy Scout. Yes, I was a proud member of Troop 379, and to increase the geek factor, also a member of the troop drum and bugle corp, in which I played the bass bugle. We marched in many local parades, including the Pasadena Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. My childhood was filled with many fond memories of our camping and other field trips.
I was born 75 years ago on this day. I am one of an ever-shrinking number of survivors of the internment, which resulted in the incarceration, without charges or due process, of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry.
Most Americans today know little about that dark period of our nation’s history. That is why I am honored to be a part of Allegiance, a new musical that takes place during the internment. Allegiance will hold its World Premiere this September at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego before a planned transfer to Broadway in 2013.
Trayvon Martin was walking home with a bag of skittles and an iced tea when his killer, George Zimmerman, stalked, hunted down and shot him. Based on recorded 911 calls, Zimmerman, who was part of a “neighborhood watch,” decided to take the law into his own hands, suspicious of a black man who was walking alone in his neighborhood. Trayvon’s only “crime” was being an African American teen in a hoodie and sneakers. He was unarmed, defenseless against the gun Zimmerman had concealed.
At 2:46pm Tokyo Time, on March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, resulting in a massive tsunami that struck fishing towns and cities, leaving over 16,000 dead and another 3,000 still missing and unaccounted for. As when tragedy struck America on 9/11, many of the dead and missing were firefighters and rescue workers trying to do their job in the midst of calamity.
When Knick’s player Jeremy Lin went on an unprecedented tear, he up-ended all manner of thinking about Asian Americans in sports–and society. This strapping son of Taiwanese immigrants defied conventional notions of Asian Americans as docile, unassuming, or (as I was inaptly described recently by a teammate on Celebrity Apprentice) “meek.”
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