Ed Gor, National Project Director discusses the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project. The Project is seeking Chinese veterans of World War II and their families who wish to be recognized with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Some 20,000 Chinese American veterans of World War II are eligible to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony this fall in Washington, D.C. Nearly 1 in 4 Chinese American people served during the war, despite 40% of them being non-citizens as a result of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which prevented their citizenship and encouraged discrimination.
Unlike other ethnic groups, Chinese American troops didn’t serve in their own units but were integrated into the general military population.
Ed talks about Chinese American military service and this special recognition with host Jim Fausone.