Nisei Soldier: Standard Bearer For An Exiled People (DVD)
• Includes study guide • 30 Minutes • Documentary • High School to Adult
Produced and Directed by Loni Ding, 1984 (DVD - Personal Use)
Nisei Soldier focuses on the heroism of American men of Japanese ancestry who fought bravely during World War II, despite the intense moral dilemmas they faced.
Leaving their families imprisoned in "relocation centers", many young Nisei (second generation American-born Japanese) proved their loyalty in WWII by enlisting in the all-Japanese American 442nd Infantry Regiment which fought in Europe.
Because of the Regiment's incredible bravery in battle, liberation of French towns, and high casualty rate, it became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.
The film asks: What sustained these young men forced to battle on two fronts at once -- against fascism abroad and intense prejudice at home? More than a war story, Nisei Sodier is a tale about personal honor, family loyalty and love of country -- and what it means to be an American.