Brandon Shindo

Brandon Shindo is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Psychology major and Asian American Studies minor.

Updated December 2007

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Crónicas Nikkei #4 — La Familia Nikkei: Memorias, Tradiciones, y Valores

Grandfather’s Gift

There is something unique about being in the presence of one’s Nisei grandparents. Maybe it is their years of life experiences, simply their wisdom, and/or their understanding how you feel when no one else does; but, whatever it may be, they are more than just individuals who allow you to have all the sweets you can possibly consume. They are teachers of cultural values. As I close my eyes, it seems like it was only yesterday, at the age of four, that I learned my few first and foremost important traditional Japanese values through my grandfather, Kay Kei ...

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Two Japanese American Soldiers, Two Best Friends, and a Crossroad

The Japanese American experience consists not only of the creation of internment camps, but also numerous other significant elements of World War II such as the formation of the famous all-Japanese American 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The 100th Division originated from Hawaii and was launched on June 1942. Following the 100th’s Battalion’s success, on February 1, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the 442nd Infantry. Some of the young boys from the mainland in the internment camps chose to enlist, while others were chosen from the draft for the 442nd. In June 1944, the 100th and 442nd ...

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