The University of Iowa

Post-WWII Japanese-American prejudice is topic of April 12 film

April 3rd, 2011

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.

For more information, contact Karen Wachsmuth at or 319-335-0345; or visit the film’s website at