By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Daniel ok. Inouye was once born to jap immigrant mom and dad in Honolulu in 1924. while Inouye was once simply 17 years previous, the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor swept his kingdom into conflict and without end replaced the process his existence. Inouye's heroic activities on an Italian battlefield in the course of global struggle II ultimately earned him his country's optimum army award, the Medal of Honor, however it additionally fee him his correct arm and his desires of turning into a health care provider. decided to pursue a profession in public carrier, after Hawaii accomplished statehood in 1959 Inouye turned the 1st jap American to serve within the U.S. condo of Representatives and later the Senate. in the course of the Nineteen Seventies and '80s, he attracted nationwide realization for his position in investigating significant political scandals, the Watergate scandal and the Iran-contra affair.
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S. mainland—faced widespread racial discrimination in housing, education, employment, and even in dining and other recreational activities. Typically, Japanese Americans lived in segregated communities like the Asian ghettos of Honolulu where Danny spent his childhood. They attended segregated schools and were shut out of all but the most menial 35 36 daniel inouye and lowest-paying jobs. “You can’t go very high up and get big money unless your skin is white,” complained one Japanese plantation worker in A Different Mirror.
History: the forced removal of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry, most of them American born, from their West Coast homes to specially constructed internment camps in remote interior regions of the country. In the Wake of Pearl Harbor During the early months of the war, powerful officials in the government urged the confinement of all individuals of Japanese background who resided in Hawaii on the West Coast. At the very least, argued Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, persons of Japanese ancestry who lived on Oahu, with its vital military bases, should be evacuated for the duration of the war.
Nevertheless, he loved the work. Beach boys were expected to retrieve a client’s surfboard from the breakers if the tourist happened to fall off—a common occurrence—but Daniel did not mind this aspect of the job, viewing it merely as an opportunity for a refreshing swim. 4 East and West T hroughout Daniel’s childhood and teenage years, life in the Inouye household was a harmonious mix of Japanese and American customs and ideals. “There were no jangling conflicts between East and West in our house, but a kind of stimulating blend of the two that characterized the entire Japanese community in Hawaii,” Inouye recalled.
Daniel Inouye (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Louise Chipley Slavicek