Japanese American Lives: Don't Lose Your Soul/Honor & Sacrifice

About This Episode

Don’t Lose Your Soul
A portrait of bassist Mark Izu and drummer Anthony Brown, two founders of the Asian American Jazz Movement. Don’t Lose Your Soul traces the origin of their partnership; forged in the crucible of the ethnic identity movements of the 70s, the political force of their band United Front, and their seminal tribute to the Japanese internment experience, Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire. Their musical journey culminates at Sanju, honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Asian American Jazz Festival and bringing back one of their musical heroes, George Yoshida, for one electric night of performance at Yoshi’s.

Honor & Sacrifice
The story of one man’s journey from early hardship to a concentration camp and ultimately to the stature of authentic American hero, based on his nearly unbelievable contribution as a member of Merrill’s Marauders. Roy was a man of extraordinary strength, stamina, wit, and courage. But in most respects he was also a typical member of the Japanese American community he grew up in, showing through his life and military service the qualities of determination, loyalty, and acceptance of sacrifice that define the honorable place in US history occupied by the Japanese Americans of the 20th century.

Japanese American Lives is a limited series that showcases the richness of the Japanese American experience.