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The Sound of the Violin at My Lai

The Sound of the Violin at My Lai, winner of “Best Short” at the 1999 Asian Pacific Film Festival in Bangkok, opens with the story of former U.S. marine Mike Boehm, who plays his violin at the site of the massacre as an offering to the sprits of the dead, then stays to work for reconstruction and for the creation of a Vietnamese-American Peace Park. But Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Van Thuy’s documentary is not limited by nationality, nor by the past, though it is shaped by both. It is a stor...

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The Sound of the Violin at My Lai

Directed by Tran Van Thuy Produced by the Central Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, Hanoi ”Best Short,“ 1999 Asian Pacific Film Festival, Bangkok 1998. 32 Minutes. VHS. Color. Distributed by The Video Project P.O. Box 411376, San Francisco, CA 94141-1376 Phone: 415-241-2514 or 800-4-PLANET FAX: 415-241-2511 E-mail: video@videoproject.net Web site: www.videoproject.net The Sound of the Violin at My Lai, winner of “Best Short” at the 1999 Asian Pacific Film Festival in Bangko...

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The Question of Loyalty

During World War II, the loyalty of all people of Japan­ese ancestry in the United States was questioned, in contrast to people of German and Italian ancestry, who were treated as individuals. The United States was at war with Germany and Italy as well as Japan, yet German Americans and Italian Americans were not all suspected of disloyalty to the Unit­ed States and incarcerated as a group, without trial, as were those of Japanese ancestry on the West coast.

Columns, Essay

The Question of Loyalty

During World War II, the loyalty of all people of Japanese ancestry in the United States was questioned, in contrast to people of German and Italian ancestry, who were treated as individuals. The United States was at war with Germany and Italy as well as Japan, yet German Americans and Italian Americans were not all suspected of disloyalty to the United States and incarcerated as a group, without trial, as were those of Japanese ancestry on the West coast....

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A Review of StarFestival: Exploring Cultural Heritage

Prior to joining Stanford University in 1988, I was an elementary school teacher. My last teaching assignment was in the first grade, which I taught for six years. When I heard that Boston Public Schools (BPS) had recently adopted StarFestival for all of its 210 first grade classrooms in order to encourage cross-cultural learning programs about Japan, I was impressed and moved for a number of reasons....

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