1:30 pm | Film
“Our Story of War and Remembrance: Chinese American WWII Veterans of the China-Burma-India Theatre”
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During World War II, about 20,000 Chinese Americans served in the United States Armed Forces as well as other aspects of the war effort across all theaters of conflict. According to the 1940 Census, this represented over a quarter of the 77,000 Chinese people living in the United States at the time. Just over 60% were U.S. native-born citizens. Those born in China were denied citizenship, while all Chinese Americans faced discrimination and challenges to property ownership, voting, and other rights. Despite these barriers based on discrimination and racism, many Chinese Americans answered the call to serve.
This documentary film is dedicated to the Chinese American World War II veterans of the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI). The four featured veterans are all from the San Francisco Bay Area. Three of them are veterans of the Fourteenth Air Force, also known as the Flying Tigers. This is the first time their stories have appeared together.
Through interviews of San Francisco Bay Area veterans, the film project team of both students and adults hopes to educate others about the story of Chinese American veterans of the CBI, as well as honor, celebrate and preserve the legacy of the patriotism, sacrifice, valor, and contributions of the Chinese American WWII veterans of the China-Burma-India Theater.