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Four Years Before the Internments

I wrote about Sun Yat Sen and Chiang Kai-shek recently. There is a grim incident that ties into the Japanese internments and Chiang Kai-shek that shaped the attitudes of millions for decades. It is STILL a sore spot in international relations.

It began when the Japanese decided to conquer large parts of China again in 1937, as they’d done many times. They assumed that this would be easy; experience had taught them that the Chinese put up little effective resistance. But there was a new opponent they had not counted on: Sun Yat Sen’s brilliant protegé, now a military commander of considerable ability.
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Sun Rise

Interesting, and some of this was new to me:

  • He really was born in the 60s, though not in the year indicated by the Hawaiian birth certificate.
  • His time in Asia formed an important part of his mindset.
  • But his time back in school in Hawaii led to the inarticulate young future leader receiving a prize for his English speaking ability.
  • The birth certificate was arranged for years later, but Hawaii was only happy to oblige.
  • He needed to show US birth in order to accomplish his political purposes in the States.
  • His worldwide travels as a youth led to him adopting a revolutionary mindset.
  • His first community organizing was not in the US, as it turns out. Not in the country of his birth.
  • That “revolution” made him famous, and propelled him to popular national leadership.
  • He had an odd notion of the role of constitutions; one that put him at odds with others: “A constitution is the machinery of control.”
  • Nevertheless, though he could not stay popular long once he took office, his skills as a national figurehead impressed the world.
  • On that birth certificate: No one had been able to uncover the deception, until he admitted it himself.
  • For, of course, he really wasn’t born in Hawaii.

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