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Typhoon of Steel

  • Author(s): Hamamoto, Gena
  • Advisor(s): Nakamura, Robert A.
  • et al.
Abstract

Typhoon of Steel is a short community-based documentary film that explores the lives of two Okinawan American Kibei Nisei who served in the U.S. military as linguists in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. While Japanese Americans on the West Coast were incarcerated in camps, these men risked their lives to prove their loyalty to America. Born in the U.S. and raised in Okinawa, their cultural and linguistic skills were a tactical asset to the military. But emotions ran high as they saved their own families, and witnessed civilian casualties and the devastation of the island they once called home. Supporting the film is a written analysis of the historical background, method, and creative approach that provides a “behind the scenes“ look into the making of the film.

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