This week on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour, host Joshua David Stein is acknowledging the historic date of December 7th and is discussing Pearl Harbor and World War II. Holding particular significance to Joshua, he explains that his stepfather was born in American but of Japanese decent, while his step-grandparents were immigrants and living in the US when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Talking about the difference in perceptions of December 7, 1941 from what Americans learn of the event in history books versus what his extended family experienced having to enter into internment camps, JDS focuses the show on how food played a part in these camps. Welcoming guest Tomio Moriguchi, CEO of Uwajimaya, one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest, to the show via phone, he gives a brief background on the successful business before sharing his family’s experiences with “Executive Order 9066.” After the break, JDS welcomes musical guest Feral Foster who plays a few songs or two. This program was brought to you by Brooklyn Slate.
“When we were put in camp, I guess the closest thing I can think of is that the camp internees were rationed Army-type food… fortunately we had creative chefs that were able to beg, borrow, or steal soy sauce.” [12:15]
“Some of us boys… we heard that some camp mess hall had better food or treated you better, two or three of us just snuck away and went to the other mess hall!” [13:44]
—Tomio Moriguchi on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour