The exhibit "Go For Broke, Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts" that chronicles Japanese immigration to Hawaii and the U.S. to the continuing legacy of Japanese-American veterans will run through June 13 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Wailuku.
The exhibit by Eric Saul will be displayed noon to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. It covers:
* Japanese immigration to Hawaii and the U.S., 1885-1924.
* Prewar Japanese experience in Hawaii and the Mainland, 1924-1941.
* Pearl Harbor-Japanese American evacuation and internment on the West Coast.
* Japanese-American soldiers in World War II, including the story of the 100th/442nd/- 522nd and Military Intelligence and Language Service.
* Soldiers returning home - closing of the internment camps.
* The continuing legacy of the nisei (second generation Japanese-American) veterans.
Saul is the founder and executive director of Visas for Life and Institute for the Study of Rescue and Altruism in the Holocaust, whose mission is to document a comprehensive history of the Holocaust. Over 40 years, Saul has curated a number of exhibits on the U.S. military, including an exhibit documenting the history of nisei veterans, which became an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution titled "A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the Constitution."
He co-founded the Go For Broke 100th/442nd/MIS Foundation that was later renamed the National Japanese American Historical Society. He has curated exhibits documenting Japanese immigration to the U.S. and soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, who liberated those in the Dachau Death March.
In 2010, Saul curated "Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts," which was recently shown at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
The "Go For Broke" exhibit was originally created in 1980-81 through the efforts of more than 100 nisei veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. The exhibit debuted at the Presidio in San Francisco and toured the U.S.
Admission to the exhibit is free, though donations will be accepted.