FEEDING YOUR LEARNING APPETITE – “CAUTIONARY TALES”
This video looks at how the United States has historically dealt with those people within its borders it could either exploit, expropriate, silence, reject, or eliminate with impunity. Those lessons learned from those actions appear to be used and applied to everybody and anybody within its borders. Now comes the rise of government policies and actions that appear to continue this wretched tradition of imprisoning its own citizens with impunity based upon beliefs as well as race. Fascism and racism is upon this nation with a vengeance. This is a cautionary tale to open eyes to challenges which cannot go unaddressed…
Featuring: “RABBIT IN THE MOON” and “CAMP FEMA”
Not all Japanese Americans endured their World War II internment with quiet stoicism. Not all second generation (Nisei) young men welcomed the chance to prove their patriotism by serving in the armed forces of the very government that was holding their families captive. A more complex, turbulent and intimate story of the internment camps is revealed in Emiko Omori’s new film, Rabbit in the Moon.
Enjoy learning more about this movie with this informative Movie Guide. Station KQED has created a useful Lesson Plan page for students in grades 4-12 HERE. Please review the Loyalty Test example HERE to test how you might fare in determining your loyalty to your school/business and your life depended on your answers.
Rabbit in the Moon, uncovers a buried history of political tensions, social and generational divisions, and resistance and collaboration in the camps. With fascinating archival and recently recovered home movies, Omori and her older sister Chizuko, who were children when they went to the camps, also confront their own family secrets –especially the silence surrounding the death of their mother only a year after the family’s release. They correspondingly confront the collective silence among Japanese Americans about the social antagonisms and insecurities that were born in the camps and that still haunt community life 50 years later.
“At first, this was going to be a film about the painful choices that Japanese Americans had to make during Internment, and the consequences of those decisions today.” says the younger Omori, who won the Best Cinematography award at Sundance. “It wasn’t until I interviewed my sister Chizu that I realized that our own story was a snapshot of that time. Rabbit in the Moon, is ultimately my perspective on what happened 50 years ago. We’ve taken some risks in exposing the divides in our community, but until we have a full picture of what happened, our history is incomplete.”
The Omoris recounting of their family’s breakdown mirrors the situation in the larger, forever altered Japanese American community. Families lost privacy and intimacy in the camps; many first generation (Issei) fathers had been picked up earlier and were detained in separate Justice Department camps. Out from under their controlling parents, teenagers, including Chizuko Omori, ran around in gangs.
More serious divisions appear between first-generation Issei and second-generation Nisei, between citizen and non-citizen, and, inevitably, between those eager to cooperate with their captors and those inclined to resist.
Rabbit in the Moon dispels the myth that all young Japanese American men marched off to prove their loyalty by fighting in segregated units of the U.S. Army. Many refused to enlist while denied the equal protection of the law, and they later resisted forced induction when the draft, astonishingly, was introduced into the camps.
Harry Ueno, a central figure in an incident at the Manzanar camp, describes the protests and strikes against poor living conditions that boiled over in riots, which were suppressed by the army with guns and tear gas. One profiled skirmish highlights the deep and still-enduring internal rift between the dominant Japanese Americans Citizens League, which advocated full cooperation with camp administrators, and those who resisted.
Omori also interviews Frank Emi, an internee who organized resistance to the draft when it was introduced into the camps in January 1944. Emi advocated for the restoration of citizenship rights for the draftees and their families before asking them to join the U.S. Army. He was ultimately sentenced to federal prison along with other resisters.
The cruel logic of the internment camps, Omori suggests, was made manifest by a loyalty questionnaire that prefigured the McCarthy oaths of the next decade. The questionnaire required elderly Issei to abjure their allegiance to the Emperor of Japan, rendering themselves stateless, while their children were required to swear allegiance to the U.S. or become stateless themselves. Anyone who challenged this choice between family and country was branded “disloyal” and sent to a special incarceration center at Tule Lake. In her narration, Omori remembers how “the questionnaire sliced through the camps like a knife. In Japanese tradition, the lunar landscape is a rabbit pounding sweet rice. What the government asked of us was to stop seeing the rabbit.”
After seven years crafting Rabbit in the Moon, the Omori sisters now reveal the deep, social unease that the camps instilled in the Japanese American psyche. Shortly after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, a distant relative contacted Emiko to return her mother’s ashes to her – remains that had been missing throughout the family’s silence about the camp experience. “Now that we have confronted our past, we are, in an odd and fitting way, reunited…” says Omori.
Recent legislation attempting to legitimize the use of internment camps to detain U.S. citizens in the event of an uprising or civil unrest has many people asking what nation they live in. In a country born out of political dissent, we watch our leaders in Washington slowly pass bills that label ordinary Americans as thought criminals and potential domestic terrorists for simply questioning the actions of their government. We see third party candidates and their impassioned supporters listed in secret government reports that call their allegiance into question and brand them as fanatics and extremists. Senate committee hearings and official FBI documents further illustrate the mindset of our elected officials as they classify homeschoolers, gun rights activists and anti-abortionists as threats against the existing social and political order; by default creating an entire nation of radicals and revolutionaries – where everyone is a suspect… equally guilty until proven otherwise. How has our government shown that they will deal with these people? The same way as every other totalitarian regime throughout history – marginalize their activities then lock them up. Prisons are being built; internment camps constructed and laws passed that deal severely with anyone who dares to step out of line or ask too many questions. Who are the potential domestic terrorists that will end up in these camps? Read the documentation for yourself and hear what our experts have to say. States rights take a front row seat in this new political thriller that is guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. Find out where the true power of the people rests in halting these treasonous activities NOW!
This posted movie will remain accessible until the threat of mass internment of U.S. citizens is gone.
GORGING YOUR LEARNING APPETITE
Powerful media giants continue feeding us steady diets of stories, games, music, and images of exploitation, mayhem, helplessness, victimization, sexism, murder, adultery, preposterous wealth, torture, drugs, deceit, vampires, zombies, thuggery, glorified gangsterism, demonic spirits, horror, war, despair, brutality, crime, vengeance, sex, addiction, psychic disorders, occultism, savagery, lust, hate, prejudicial beauty/virtue standards, and stale mind-numbing escapism. Never underestimate the power of the subliminal messaging in this media content to accustom your subconscious to your further takeover and control. The groundwork is being laid and we are being deliberately manipulated for easier subjugation. The “collusion” between Hollywood and complicit agencies like the CIA is clear. Hollywood has played a little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus for many years. Carefully look at the proportion (you’ll be shocked) of currently available movie fare that embodies these themes rather than embodying themes that uplift, transform, and inspire. “Just coincidence”, you say? After a steady diet of this psychic fare (garbage in, garbage out), what normal person would ever be in a position or mindset to connect and collaboratively formulate creative solutions and healing to man-made problems that beset humanity, earth lifeforms, and Mother Earth herself? These incapacitating but profitable offerings by these media giants stifle any visions of progress and action we might otherwise take to deliver ourselves out of the quagmires our modern societies have created that affect the entire world. Why do these companies market and sell this awful content?? Could it be:
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