Director, Producer, Writer: Loni Ding
Grade Levels: High school & up
Nisei Soldier focuses on the heroism of American men of Japanese ancestry who fought bravely during World War II, despite the intense moral dilemmas they faced. Leaving their families imprisoned in “relocation centers”, many young Nisei (second generation American-born Japanese) proved their loyalty in WWII by enlisting in the all-Japanese American 442nd Infantry Regiment, one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history. The film asks: What sustained these young men forced to battle on two fronts at once — against fascism abroad and intense prejudice at home? More than a war story, Nisei Sodier is a tale about personal honor, family loyalty and love of country — and what it means to be an American.