Operation:WWII Chinese American G.I.
Videos: “The Fog of War”, and “We Served with Pride”
Keynote: Montgomery Hom – Military Historian, Author, Filmmaker
Panelists: Major General William Chen, US Army, (ret). Connie Young Yu – author / historian. Montgomery Hom.
Recommended Reading. It is impossible to answer every question submitted to our panel. But we tried to answer as many as we could in the presentation, panel, and in the article Major General William Chen graciously allowed BACGG to post summarizing the involvement and contributions of Chinese American Veterans in WWII. https://tinyurl.com/ChiAmWWIIVets
Chinese American G.I. This webinar is recognized by the Department of Defense, as a Commemorative Partner, as it celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII. The webinar is the kickoff for a September 26, 2020 online ceremony to honor, Chinese American WWII Vets. The keynote speaker is Montgomery Hom, the Executive Producer for the California WII Ceremony, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, and military historian.
We are taking a different approach, to explore Chinese American WWII history. Yes, you will get all the obligatory dates and places. But we will look at the war, through the lens of the world’s largest private collection, of Chinese American, military memorabilia. For example, we show a pair of boots, with a medal beside it, and then tell the rest of the story … about the hero who filled these shoes. We will roll a film clip from, We Served with Pride, featuring 15 Chinese American WWII Vets, who served, with uncommon valor, as a common virtue.
If you want to get a rare glimpse, of the contributions of Chinese American Veterans. Or hear about women at war, and on the home front. Or just have a good time, don’t miss this session.
The Fog of War (Video)
“The Fog of War”, written and directed by Montgomery Hom and Will Lee. We start our webinar with the Fog of War to tell local San Francisco Bay Area stories of Chinese American Veterans serving in WWII. The lens of war for Chinese Americans in the Bay Area during WWII, was hard to see through the fog, as they had limited rights. As ‘paper son’ immigrants, their citizenship was under scrutiny. To navigate through this conundrum, they enlisted in the military, to show loyalty. To show they were Americans. To get respect.
This video provides a view of what it was like to be Chinese American in the 1930’s and 40’s.
About the Keynote Speaker – Montgomery Hom
Monty is an independent producer and a long time production and historical military subject matter specialist. Monty consults on many Hollywood film and TV productions. His work can be seen in the Academy Award nominated film,“Ford V. Ferrari”. His Emmy nominated PBS film, “We Served with Pride, Chinese American Experience in WWII”will be relaunched as a new re-mastered version for its 20th anniversary in 2021. As a young boy, hearing stories of an uncle who was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne during the invasion of Normandy, kick-started his deep passion for researching and collecting artifacts, and data on Chinese Americans in WWII. Today, this collection is the largest, privately held grouping of its kind. His wife, is a long serving United States Naval officer was deployed in Northern Afghanistan.
About the Panelists
Major General William Chen, United States Army, (Ret)
Major General William S. Chen (retired), served as a career U.S. Army officer for over 32 years and retired as a Major General — the first Chinese American to wear 2-star rank in the U.S. Army. As a Major General, he commanded the U.S. Army Missile Command, and later served as the Army’s first Program Executive Officer for Missile Defense – directing all the Army’s missile defense programs. His father was a US Army Air Forces pilot in the 14th Air Force, under Gen. Claire Chennault, in the China Burma India theater. Bill was also a part of the team that helped gain passage of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Connie Young Yu
Connie Young Yu,. a 4th generation Californian, is an author, historian and board member emeritus of the Chinese Historical Society of America. She is the author of Chinatown San Jose, and co-editor of Voices from the Railroad: Stories by Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers. She co-producered the exhibit “Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI.”
Connie’s father, Col. John C. Young, served in China-Burma-India as a combat ordnance officer. During the Korean War, as Commander of Cathay Post American Legion, Young spearheaded the project for the
War Memorial at St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco, honoring Chinese American servicemen killed in WWI and WWII.
WWII Chinese American G.I. Project: For more information regarding the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the ending of WWII ceremony, commemorative book, movie “We Served With Pride”, and virtual exhibit go to https://chsa.org/wwii-chinese-american-gi/
Thank you for your interest.
Ron Chan, Executive Director, Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group https://bacgg.org
David Yick, Board President, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project http://chcp.org/
Pam Wong, Interim Executive Director, Chinese Historical Society of America https://chsa.org/