Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Asian racism

In 1988, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment [of Japanese Americans during WWII] on behalf of the U.S. government. The legislation stated that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership".

And now we are gearing up toward what looks like military engagement with another Asian country - one with which we already have a historical military involvement - North Korea.

I wonder, if we were to get into a sticky war in Asia, would we see the sort of "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership" that we saw previously with Japanese Americans? Have we learned from our history, as suggested by the reparations paid to Japanese Americans in 1988, or would we be in for another two-generation round of racism? Would such racism carry over to a distrust or distaste (or worse) for Korean martial arts like Taekwando and Hapkido, and their practitioners?
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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