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Past Exhibitions

Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts

November 12, 2013 - March 2, 2014

Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts chronicles the history of Japanese American Nisei soldiers from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service who served during World War II to prove their loyalty to the nation that had disowned them.

Japanese American soldiers of the 100th and 442nd fought in eight brutal campaigns across Europe, receiving thousands of medals for heroism, while thousands more joined the Military Intelligence Service as language and intelligence specialists. However, their battles were not finished when the war ended. The Nisei veterans returned to fight pervasive racism back home where they proved to be just as successful. With their help, hundreds of anti-Asian laws were struck down.

First displayed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Go For Broke shows how instrumental these soldiers were in the Japanese American fight for justice both overseas and at home. The Japanese American National Museum is pleased to present this exhibition and the remarkable legacy of our Nisei veterans. The photographs in this exhibition are supplemented by artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection and a special Guide by Cell audio tour with narration by Nisei veterans, courtesy of the Go For Broke National Education Center’s Hanashi Oral History Program.

In addition, A Flicker in Eternity, a film that chronicles the life of Stanley Hayami behind barbed wire and as a soldier in the 442nd RCT, will be screened continuously in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. The film was produced by Ann Kaneko, Joanne Oppenheim, and Sharon Yamato, and is based on his diary which is part of the Museum’s collection.


Go for Broke is organized by the Japanese American Wartime History Project and Director Eric Saul. Support for Go For Broke is provided in part by the fundraising efforts of the Southern California Community Committee for the American Heroes exhibition: 100th/442nd Veterans Association, Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League—Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American National Museum, Military Intelligence Service Veterans Association of Southern California, and Veterans Memorial Court Alliance. Additional support provided by the Kazuo and Mary Yamane Family Foundation.


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Past Events

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Exhibition Closing

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Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:00 PM

The Military Intelligence Service (M.I.S.) in Occupied Japan



UPDATE: Change in panelists, with Edwin Nakasone, Bruce Kaji, and Ken Akune.

Author, professor, and M.I.S. veteran Edwin Nakasone will moderate a discussion with fellow veterans, Bruce Kaji and Hitoshi Sameshima, about their roles in the rebuilding of Japan after the end of World War II. The M.I.S., or the Military Intelligence Service, was a United States military unit mostly comprised of Japanese American Nisei who provided translation, interpretation, and interrogation services during World War II.

This program is presented by the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exhibition Opening

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Sunday, November 10, 2013
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Member Preview for Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts

Members are invited to join us for an exclusive preview of Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts before it opens to the public. Program will include remarks by Eric Saul, Director, Japanese American Wartime History Project.

To RSVP, contact or 213.625.0414 x2222.



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