|Our former president, Paul Maruyama, has written a book, Escape from Manchuria, which we invite you to read. It is a compelling story of Japanese civilians struggles and hardships toward the end of WWII in Manchuria, available on Amazon (English and Japanese).
So, what is the book about? Quoting from the press release: "In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended upon the Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army and revenge-seeking mobs and bandits. Nearly 2,500 Japanese died daily."
(published by iUniverse), Paul K. Maruyama, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired), the son of one of the three men, narrates for Western readers the compelling true story of the rescue and repatriation of nearly 1.7 million Japanese that began almost a year after the surrender of Japan."
This book at the request of public radio and television system Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai) has produced into a two part docudrama which aired in Japan March 2018, to much praise receiving a national broadcasting award - NHK Comment on Broadcast Award (and its translation). And JASSC with Mr Maruyama as event host at Colorado College in fall 2018 showed the drama to interested local residents (see details on Part 1 and Part 2).
A short article about Paul's many lifetime achievements can be found on Olympian and Author.
|From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage: the special Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.|
Instructor: Robert Boman
Date/Times: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, and Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 1943 S El Paso Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, CO 80906
Contact: (719) 505-6376
At this event, Japanese speakers will stay in place at a table with a board/card game and English speakers will jump around where they want to play. We will try to speak in Japanese as much as possible! Any level of speakers are welcome.Cost: Free to JASSC members
Non-members are welcome to join with $5/family donation to JASSC
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