During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only the enemy, but also prejudice, as they faced severe racial discrimination in their homeland. Despite these challenges, the 442nd became one of the most decorated regiments for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military.
A Q&A with Floyd Mori, president of the National Japanese American Citizens League and one of the film’s participants, follows the screening.
Presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League of Houston; Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA); Consulate General of Japan at Houston. Special thanks to Cole Chemical.
S. Floyd Mori was born in Utah, and his parents were immigrants to the United States from Kagoshima, Japan. After high school, he served several years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mori attended the University of Southern California, Santa Monica City College, and Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor’s and master's degrees. Elected to the California State Assembly in 1975, Mori was one of the first two Japanese Americans to serve in the Assembly. He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) for two years and is currently the National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR).