Paolo Montalban appeared as Mike Masaoka in the World Premiere production of Allegiance held in September 2012 at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
PAOLO MONTALBAN most recently played the King of Siam in The King & I in Hawaii. Broadway: Pacific Overtures, The King & I. Off Broadway: Romance of Magno Rubio, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regional: Love Inc., Flower Drum Song, Nero, Boys from Syracuse, The Long Season. TV & Film: Best known as the Prince in the ABC/ Disney movie musical “Cinderella” opposite Brandy, Kung Lao in the TNT series “Mortal Kombat: Conquest“, supporting & featured roles in “One Life To Live“, “Law & Order: SVU“, “Live from Lincoln Center: Camelot“, “Sondheim! The Birthday Concert“, Just Wright, The Great Raid, American Adobo. Performed as a guest artist with The San Francisco Symphony and in Lea Salonga’s Concert at Carnegie Hall. Kawauso ni Kisu.
No figure in Japanese American history stirs as much debate—indeed, as much heated controversy, even to this day—as Mike “Moses” Masaoka, the National Secretary of the Japanese American Citizens League during World War II.Masaoka was only 26 years old when he assumed de facto leadership of the JACL, filling a void left after the U.S.government rounded up thousands of first generation “Issei” leaders and detained them, often for years without charge or trial, following the bombing
Masaoka and the JACL advocated an “assimilationist” policy within the ten internment camps that stressed American values and traditions while attempting to reduce or eliminate Japanese cultural influences.
Masaoka believed strongly that it was the Americanization of internees that ultimately would lead to their acceptance within U.S. society. These recommendations were summarized in this memo to the War Relocation Authority in April of 1942, a few months before most internees arrived at camp. Nearly all of his policies were implemented by the WRA within the camps.
Until recently, it was unclear how closely Mike Masaoka (National Secretary of the JACL during the War) had worked and collaborated with the War Relocation Authority. In particular, many long had suspected that Masaoka was behind the idea of “segregating” internees considered “disloyal” to America into a special camp of their own.