October 21, 2012
Setting the Record Straight: The Play "Allegiance"
Read JAVA’s position about the play “Allegiance” in JAVA’s open letter. JAVA President Gerald Yamada attended a live performance of the play on October 12, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Reflecting on the portrayals in the play, Mr. Yamada remains disappointed with several misleading themes and characterizations such as the 442nd Regimental Combat Team being created as a “suicide” unit, those who served in the 442nd RCT were “duped” into volunteering by Mike Masaoka, and the failure to hold accountable the government officials responsible for the unjustified forced evacuation and imprisonment of persons of Japanese ancestry under Executive Order 9066.
Gerald Yamada, 10316 Mountington Court, Vienna, VA 22182
JAPANESE AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION
(Amour, LLC; 1313 Dolley Madison Blvd; McLean, VA 22101)