短編映画「リトル東京レポーター」が11月17日（土）と18日（日）にオレンジ郡のハンティングトンビーチで上映されます。1930年代アジア系非市民が土地を購入できなかったアメリカ。最高裁まで戦い勝利判決を得た日系一世藤井整さんの実話です。 "Lil Tokyo Reporter" will be screened on Sat. Nov.17 and Sun. Nov.18, 2012 in Huntington Beach. This film is a narrative short film to bring to light and honor the major accomplishments of Sei Fujii, Issei pioneer, leader and publisher of "Kamai:California Daily News."
He immigrated to America in 1903 and graduated from USC Law School in 1911. Unable to become an attorney because he was not an American citizen, he worked for decades with classmate J. Marion Wright, a civil rights attorney, to help the Issei and the Japanese American community with racially discriminatory legal issues. Their biggest legal victory was to appeal and win a United States Supreme Court decision in 1928, to allow Japanese doctors in Los Angeles to build the first Japanese hospital in the country.
In 1932, community leader, Sei Fujii started publishing the Kashu Mainichi, a Japanese daily newspaper. He advised the Issei on how to best survive in America. He told them to put down roots and to encourage their Nisei children to fully participate in the mainstream community.
When World War II started, Sei Fujii was among the first incarcerated in the Department of Justice Detention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon his release, he purchased a small parcel of land to challenge the California Alien Land Law that since 1911, prevented aliens ineligible for citizenship from owning land in California. Under Fujii v. California, he and J. Marion Wright fought and appealed their challenge to the California Supreme Court. In 1952, the Court ruled that the California Alien Land Law was unconstitutional.
Lil Tokyo Reporter Saturday, November 17, 2012 5:00pm |6:00pm Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:30am | 12:30pm
Charter Centre Cinemas 7822 Warner Avenue (at Beach Blvd.) Huntington Beach, CA 92647
MEET THE PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS AND CAST AT EVERY SCREENING! 全ての上映会で、監督、プロデューサー、出演俳優陣と会えます！
The LIL TOKYO REPORTER cast includes: Academy Award® winner Chris Tashima (VISAS AND VIRTUE) Television star Keiko Agena (GILMORE GIRLS) Eijiro Ozaki (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA)
Admission: General Admission $9 Students/Seniors $7
In Toyoko Yamazaki's novel, "Two Homeland" (Futatsu No Sokoku), A Japanese American man, Kenji Umou, was born in Los Angeles. He was sent back and educated in his parents hometown in Kagoshima, Japan, and graduated from Dai Tokyo University. Later he moved back to Los Angeles in 1931 and became a writer at "Kamai Shimpo." The novel was made into NHK TV drama, "Sanga Moyu" later on. The film said, it's a fiction based on history. But that writer, David Akira Itami, actually existed at "Kamai: California Daily News" that Sei Fujii started.
He and his brothers met at battle fields as enemies. One was a Japanese soldier, the other was American soldier, and etc. It was such a tragedy. I worked for "Kamai: California Daily News" in late 1980's after graduating a college in LA. That's why I know. The people in the novel really existed. The writer changed the names little bit to conceal the identities. David Akira Itami translated Satsuma dialect used among Japanese military high ranking officers for United States. That dialect is difficult to understand but that dialect is used in Kagoshima, Japan, where he grew up. David Akira Itami committed a suicide at age of 39 in 1950.
Thanks to Sei Fujii's "California Alien Land Law" case and challenge for years with his lawyer friend, Marion J. Wright, Asian immigrants were able to apply for US Green cards and US citizenship in 1960's.
This movie premiered in Pasadena on the weekend of September 14, 2012.
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