Who’s Fred T.Korematsu? If you know who Rosa Parks is, you should know Fred.
I’m coining a phrase to rival the Greek King Pyrrhus, who when prevailing after the Romans in 279 BC is said to have uttered, “Another such victory and we are surely undone.” Or something like that, my tape recorder wasn’t working that well in 279 BC.
So Pyrrhus had his victory. And so did Fred. I call it being “korematsued.”
As you may know, Fred is the man who stood up to the U.S. government’s internment order of Japanese Americans during WWII. He fought the order and had his conviction was overturned. A victory? Not 100 percent.
He was korematsued. And that’s why we all need to care about him and his story to this day.
Find out more by reading my Amok column at www.aaldef.org/blog
I first heard of Victoria Manalo Draves’ death more than two weeks ago.
Draves was an important, iconic figure in the Filipino American community. Born to a Filipino father and a Caucasian mother during a time when mixed-marriages were against the law, young Vicky Manalo was shunned as a kid in San Francsico from swimming among whites. It didn’t stop Draves from becoming an Olympic champion in 1948.
Of course, that doesn’t mean she gets the respect she deserves on the day of her death.
Today’s obit in the New York Times shows just how far Filipinos, even half-white ones, can be in terms of real inclusion.
It took the Times 19 days to report the death of an Olympic champion, excusing its tardiness by saying Manalo’s death “had not been widely reported.” I heard about it through the ethnic media.
So the mainstream’s elite newspaper is just 19 days behind in reporting a significant death of a Filipino American. At least now we can measure how far behind the mainstream can be.
So much for diversity in journalism. At least it wasn’t 19 years.