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Who's Going to Pay for These Donuts Anyways?

  • Rating: ***
  • Audience: College to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $275.00 Home use: $39.95
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Japanese Americans - History. World War II - Japanese Americans.
  • Production Information: Live action, Stills. Produced by Janice Tanaka. Directed by Janice Tanaka. Color. Also available in 3/4 inch. Dolby, Stereo. 58 min.
  • Available from: CrossCurrent Media 346 9th Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 552-9550
  • Cataloging: 305.8'956"073 Japanese Americans - Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945|| Documentary films
  • Print Entry #: 5:1037
  • Reviewer: Judy Belardino

    This video follows producer/writer Janice Tanaka's reestablishing of relations with her father, from whom she was separated during World War II during the US internment of Japanese Americans. Her father, Koto, who was arrested during the war for opposing the relocation, now resides in a half-way house for the chronically mentally ill in Los Angeles.

    This is definitely not a factual overview of the internment, nor is it meant to be. Throughout the video, especially near the beginning, viewers are barraged both visually and aurally with bits of information demonstrating the fear and hatred directed at Japanese during the war, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. However, this basically only sets the background for Tanaka's story. The video is an intensely personal record of her attempt to reconcile her past with her present and future. Her thoughts about how the internment affected herself and her familial relations are frank and insightful. The interviews with her father, who at times doesn't recognize his daughter, are painful to watch.

    Tanaka used archival footage, stills, and some slow-motion effects to make the program visually interesting. I do wish subtitles had been used to identify speakers. Also, sometimes differing visual and aural information is presented simultaneously, making it difficult to understand either.

    This video could be used in psychology, sociology, and Asian studies classes. It could also be used to augment a unit on the Japanese internment, but is not a stand-alone lesson on the subject.

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