The thing that really irks me about Johanne E. M. Zell's letter to the editor in View is that she didn't take the time to understand the redress bill for Japanese Americans before she started knocking it ("Reviving Bitter Memories," Letters, Oct. 25; Zell's family was among those imprisoned by Japan in Singapore and Java during World War II).
Her biggest mistake is comparing the Americans of Japanese ancestry with the Japanese. I am a third-generation American of Japanese descent and my parents were interned during World War II. They were not starved in camp, but they sacrificed more than food; they lost their freedom and pride as Americans.
My father was one of the many Japanese-American soldiers who fought for his country, the United States, while his family was held in cages made of barbed wire. He was a member of the 442nd battalion, the all Japanese-American team, and the most highly decorated unit in the history of World War II, often referred to as the "Purple Heart" battalion because of its large number of casualties.
How many Americans would fight and give their lives for the same America that was holding their parents in prison camps? Probably only the most loyal.