From the time that I was in my early 20’s, I knew that I wanted to write a play about the Japanese-American experience in this country. As I explored the many ways in which to address this topic, I was continually diverted to and reminded of December 7, 1941 – the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since I do not possess much of a morbid curiosity, the actual attack did not interest me as much as the cultural aftermath. I became very interested in the idea of the “Japanese-American”. What would it be like to be “Japanese-American” when Japan and America were at war?
For me, I believe that you can’t fight hate with hate; only love can conquer hate. I believe that you can’t fight evil with evil; only good can conquer evil. It is in this way that the theme of this play emerged. It began as a question: Does racism have the power to destroy love? As an individual and a teacher, I am optimistic by nature and by trade; however, I also recognize the realities of this world that we all share. For I know all too well, that it is in the real world that all of our convictions are tested. Peace and love be with us all, always.
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