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(Kentucky Educational TV)   Kentucky Farkers: My sister's documentary about my dad's journey from a Japanese POW camp during WWII to US citizenship, "Every Day Is a Holiday," is being rebroadcast on KET on Memorial Day, 10 PM EDT   (ket.org) divider line 2
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2013-05-24 06:17:27 PM  
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My dad was born in Malaysia in 1923; on the eve of WWII, he joined the RAF, and was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore.

After 3 years in Japanese POW camps in WWII, and after being interned with some Americans, he decided to come to the US.

He did stints as a student, then working as a merchant seaman on US oil tankers to try to get his citizenship, though was deported by an arbitrary immigrations officer.

After that, he joined the Army and fought in Korea as a tank driver. Here he is, left, after winning "Outstanding Trainee of the Day" at Fort Knox, where he went through Basic Training and Leadership Course (the Fort Knox connection is one reason KET got involved with the film:

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After a year in Korea, he still couldn't get citizenship because of a technicality (apparently, he was a few days under the threshold). His last chance was to take the train to DC, and knock on Congressmen's doors to try to find someone to sponsor a bill for him. He found one:

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After the bill passed, he went to Manhattan College, then to medical school in Italy, then worked in rehabilitation medicine for the Veterans Administration. My sister found the wartime diary he'd kept secret from the Japanese, and from us, for 60 years. And then she made a movie. And you can see it in Kentucky on Memorial Day.
2013-05-24 01:05:21 PM  
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Two-minute trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoBNHqfFhy4

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