Rep. Mike Honda calls for U.S. apology for Chinese Exclusion Act

Feb 21, 2011 Full story: Ledger Dispatch 66

On Sunday, a day after the 69th anniversary of the executive order incarcerating Japanese-Americans, Rep.

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Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#1 Feb 21, 2011
Do these people have anything better to do with their time?
Vivek Golikeri

Dania, FL

#2 Aug 6, 2011
I'm afraid that on this one, I need to agree with Looking To Escape. America has long since recognized past wrongs or errors. But this matter was over a hundred years ago. No-one is alive today from that era.

“Rudeness is the weak man's”

Since: Nov 08

imitation of strength.

#3 Aug 10, 2011
Vivek Golikeri wrote:
I'm afraid that on this one, I need to agree with Looking To Escape. America has long since recognized past wrongs or errors. But this matter was over a hundred years ago. No-one is alive today from that era.
We apologized to the black people for slavery and to others for atrocities done to their ancestors. Chinese deserve the same respect.

You have no idea how much suffering their families went through. Men were not allowed to marry or have children severing an entire family line. They couldn't marry white women and the government wouldn't allow Chinese women in the country.

I would gladly apologize.

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 10, 2011
Pamela in red wrote:
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We apologized to the black people for slavery and to others for atrocities done to their ancestors. Chinese deserve the same respect.
You have no idea how much suffering their families went through. Men were not allowed to marry or have children severing an entire family line. They couldn't marry white women and the government wouldn't allow Chinese women in the country.
I would gladly apologize.
I never apologized to black people and I won't be apologizing to the Chinese either.
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Only the people involved can apologize or accept the apology.

Since: Jan 08

New York, NY

#5 Aug 10, 2011
LookingToEscape wrote:
Do these people have anything better to do with their time?
The Chinese do have better things to do with their time, that's why they never call for useless and stupid things like apologies that defies logic and common sense.

Why is a Japanese guy calling for the apology?

“Rudeness is the weak man's”

Since: Nov 08

imitation of strength.

#6 Aug 10, 2011
mak from NYC wrote:
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The Chinese do have better things to do with their time, that's why they never call for useless and stupid things like apologies that defies logic and common sense.
Why is a Japanese guy calling for the apology?
I think he's the lawyer representing the Chinese people.

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#7 Aug 10, 2011
mak from NYC wrote:
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The Chinese do have better things to do with their time, that's why they never call for useless and stupid things like apologies that defies logic and common sense.
Why is a Japanese guy calling for the apology?
You note the lesson and move on.
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You can't get pass the past if you live in.

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#8 Aug 10, 2011
Pamela in red wrote:
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I think he's the lawyer representing the Chinese people.
Honda is ethnic Japanese and is a US Congressional Representative from California's 15th district (San Jose and surrounding area).
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As of late San Francisco Japanese-Americans have been in a internment camp and apology mood. Some of this must have rubbed off on the Chinese-Americans there.
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I guess you look at the past if you are not doing much about the future.

“Rudeness is the weak man's”

Since: Nov 08

imitation of strength.

#9 Aug 10, 2011
If you do not acknowledge past mistakes they can easily be repeated.

It is a simple thing and lets them know we remember, we are ashamed of ill treatment and we will make sure it does not happen again.

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#10 Aug 10, 2011
Pamela in red wrote:
If you do not acknowledge past mistakes they can easily be repeated.
It is a simple thing and lets them know we remember, we are ashamed of ill treatment and we will make sure it does not happen again.
I did say you learn the lesson. You can express regret about the past, but that is not an apology.
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As for it never happening again? Human history suggests it will. As a think piece, how do you imagine life would be if the US electric grid went down?
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Much of our current niceness is due to technology, not a change in basic nature.

“Rudeness is the weak man's”

Since: Nov 08

imitation of strength.

#11 Aug 11, 2011
Oklahoma was diverse, friendly and kind long before the radio was invented.

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#12 Feb 10, 2012
interesting
Vivek Golikeri

Hollywood, FL

#13 Jan 31, 2013
LookingToEscape wrote:
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I never apologized to black people and I won't be apologizing to the Chinese either. Only the people involved can apologize or accept the apology.
Once again, I agree with Looking To Escape. This "thousand pardons" political correctness culture has really gotten out of hand. Moreover, I get more anti-immigrant hate and ignorance from blacks than from whites. Meanwhile, whites like me because I took the trouble to learn American ways and fit in.

Apologize for slavery? Japanese-Americans were those who were personally wronged, not their descendants, and that was done in living memory. I approve of President Clinton's apology to blacks who suffered in the Tuskegee Project, because those survivors are still alive. But slavery? Fuggidaboutit!

“Ruling over East of Vegas(EOV)”

Since: Dec 12

United States

#14 Feb 1, 2013
white women cite communication problems as the number one train they file divorce from white men
we can clearly see where they are coming from
its a shame Chinese men were not allowed to marry white women. at least the white girls would have not had communication problems then
Human Revolution

Middletown, OH

#15 Feb 1, 2013
1 Korean American wrote:
white women cite communication problems as the number one train they file divorce from white men
we can clearly see where they are coming from
its a shame Chinese men were not allowed to marry white women. at least the white girls would have not had communication problems then
They would be in a far worse situation if they were married to Chinese men.
AZN

Toronto, Canada

#16 Feb 1, 2013
Human Revolution wrote:
<quoted text> They would be in a far worse situation if they were married to Chinese men.
Now who's insecure and jealous of losing his wimmen to other men?
AZN

Toronto, Canada

#17 Feb 1, 2013
Vivek Golikeri wrote:
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Once again, I agree with Looking To Escape. This "thousand pardons" political correctness culture has really gotten out of hand. Moreover, I get more anti-immigrant hate and ignorance from blacks than from whites. Meanwhile, whites like me because I took the trouble to learn American ways and fit in.
Apologize for slavery? Japanese-Americans were those who were personally wronged, not their descendants, and that was done in living memory. I approve of President Clinton's apology to blacks who suffered in the Tuskegee Project, because those survivors are still alive. But slavery? Fuggidaboutit!
Those like you who arrived on H1B visas and played no role in the building of America. Don't have the right to preach what is right or wrong, concerning America's historical issues.

“Ruling over East of Vegas(EOV)”

Since: Dec 12

United States

#18 Feb 2, 2013
Chinese men were barred from marrying white women while there were no laws for Chinese women and white men
very sexist and discriminatory
such a legacy still exists today. it may not be law anymore but still in the hearts and minds of white men today.
AZN

Toronto, Canada

#19 Feb 2, 2013
1 Korean American wrote:
Chinese men were barred from marrying white women while there were no laws for Chinese women and white men
very sexist and discriminatory
such a legacy still exists today. it may not be law anymore but still in the hearts and minds of white men today.
Without a shadow of doubt.
Human Revolution

Middletown, OH

#20 Feb 2, 2013
AZN wrote:
<quoted text>Now who's insecure and jealous of losing his wimmen to other men?
How can I be insecure and jealous when "my" women have no interest in "being lost"?

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