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Stories from Asian American Vietnam War Activist Mike Nakayama by caseyly16
March 11, 2011, 10:15 pm
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In the spirit of progressive thought inspired by Lupe, check out this piece chronicling some of Mike Nakayama’s experiences during and after the Vietnam War.

Mike is a Japanese American Vietnam War Veteran and political activist. He has shown incredible bravery under fire and has two purple hearts (would have been three, but they only give one a day) for his efforts. After seeing first-hand the horrors of combat, Mike decided to help the anti-war movement by speaking about his experiences. He has helped to found groups such as AMMO and AAVVO which have represented Asian Americans for the past few decades. He continues his work today by educating the Asian American community about Lt. Watada‘s decision to refuse deployment to Iraq based on moral  and legal grounds (see more here:

I interviewed Mike on February 21st, 2011 at his home in Los Angeles. He is one of the most nonchalant, humble people that I know and as a result truly one of the most inspiring. Please take a moment to absorb some of his stories as it was certainly not easy for him to open up about his past experiences. Hopefully it will empower you to consciously make decisions and help out within your own communities, whether it be African American, Latino, or Asian.


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