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Documentary of Japanese American WWII Hero To Screen April 11 at Cal State Fullerton
"Citizen Tanouye" chronicles the bravery of Japanese American soldier's bravery in Italy.

March 23, 2006 :: No. 175

While his family was held in an internment camp in Arkansas, Ted Takayuki Tanouye was in Europe, fighting as a U.S. Army soldier.

His life is the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Citizen Tanouye,” that will be screened at 4 p.m. April 11 in the Ruby Gerontology Center’s Mackey Auditorium. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Student Association, the screening is free and open to the public.

The film features the search to uncover Technical Sgt. Tanouye’s story by eight Torrance High School students. Tanouye graduated from Torrance High in 1938.  At the screening, producer Craig Yahata will discuss the documentary, which has become part of the high school social science curriculum in the Torrance Unified School District.

It was July 7, 1944, in Italy when Tanouye performed acts of bravery that would be heralded 56 years later as “extraordinary heroism in action” when as he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest award for individual valor in combat.

As part of the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Tanouye led his platoon in a battle to capture Hill 140. Though wounded, Tanouye continued to fight. He died of his wounds two months later.

Described as “a kinetic shoot-from-the-hip style documentary,” “Citizen Tanouye” was named the Best Feature Documentary title at the 2005 International Family Film Festival. Other prizes include: the Chris Award at the 2005 Columbus International Film & Video Festival, the Audience Award for Best Full-Length Feature or Documentary at the 2005 San Diego International Children’s Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2005 Zion Independent Film Festival.

“This is an important film that documents the story of a heroic Japanese American soldier during a time when most Japanese Americans were being held in internment camps by their own government,” said Craig Ihara, coordinator of the university’s Asian American Studies Program and emeritus professor of philosophy.

Public parking on campus is available for $5 per day.


Media Contacts:

Craig Ihara, Asian American Studies, 657-278-2006 or
Susan S. Uyemura (Shoho), CSUF Gerontology Institute, 657-278-4686 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or

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