An award-winning documentary about the Japanese-American participation during World War II will be featured and discussed in an upcoming screening. The film, “442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public.
“442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity” was shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010. It is the second part of a trilogy addressing prejudices faced by Japanese-Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Junichi Suzuki, the film follows the journey of six Japanese-American veterans who returned to France in 2009 for the 65th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Bruyères.
A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Stephen Vlastos, a UI professor of modern Japanese history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mas Yoshinaga, a World War II veteran from Newton, Iowa.
This event is sponsored by the Japan America Society of Iowa, UI International Programs and the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.