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Many races contribute to America | Federal Way letters, March 3

I just finished reading the very short paragraph by Don Jaenicke (Feb. 25) in The Mirror.

It was about Alice Hama and the internment of her and her family, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Maybe it's time for the news media and/or schools to tell the whole story about these Americans and how they fought for our country, even after their families were tossed into camps, with little or no privacy. How J. Edgar Hoover, then FBI head, deemed it necessary they be put into camps for the safety of those who were not Japanese.

How many of them lost their homes and personal property? Some were lucky to have neighbors who looked after their property while they were interned. How about the men who fought, with the 442, during the war, had the most decorated men, in uniform, and had the most losses? When many of these men returned home, after World War II, they were spat upon, were told to go live in their own neighborhoods, etc.

How do I know about these men and women? I went to junior high school at Edmond S. Meany, and high school at James A. Garfield, with many of them. Many, like Alice, remember the camps and the way they were treated.

It seems our teachers, teaching the history of America, have forgotten how the men and women born and raised in the United States fought for us, so we may have freedom.

Why do we have "Black History Month," but no "Japanese History Month," or even "Chinese History Month?" The Japanese and Chinese contributed to the building of America, and many were treated like slaves, in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. My late father-in-law was taken from the streets of Canton, China, when he was a boy in his late teens, and put to work on the railroads in San Francisco. He was paid very little, but left when he was able to leave.

One race should not be singled out for a month because many races have contributed to the building of the United States.

Pat Gee, Federal Way

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