Forgive me if I didn’t catch the Daniel Inouye storyline in Ken Burn’s The War. I only heard of the badassness of Inouye via Comedy Central’s all-too-good Drunk History series (have you read how the man lost his arm? I could never have imagined it was like THIS). Between marrying a Ford Foundation board chair and serving Hawaii for 58 years as an elected official, I can see no better way of having his legacy honored than being portrayed by the illustrious Steven Yuen of killing-zombies and dating-farmers-daughters fame. Enjoy, and we’ll surely be posting the other parts when they’re released:
Filipino American War Veterans
Filipinos have always been as American as Cup o’ Noodles and Rice-a-Roni. Although they were never interned during World War II like Japanese Americans or thrown into baskets carrying dynamite like canaries during the building of the railroads like Chinese Americans, Filipinos have always been shafted by The Man. From the Philippine-American War years, to President Taft stating that “our little brown brothers” would need “fifty or one hundred years” of close supervision “to develop anything resembling Anglo-Saxon political principles and skills”, up to World War II where Filipinos were asked to fight alongside American soldiers in exchange for money and citizenship, which President Truman later denied. But this week, Hawaii Democratic Senator Daniel K. Inouye‘s Filipino reparations bill was slipped into Obama’s stimulus package as a way of gettin’ it done. Congrats to doing what was right while urking the neocons.