Wei Min (written in Chinese, translated 2008 into English)
1973-Feb vol 2 no 5, page 9
WM Editor (This was submitted to WM by “Uncle Do.” This was his summation of his life. It mentioned several historical facts that were of major significance: (1) his answering the call to join the US Army to fight fascism and (2)
Letter from a reader….
A GOOD OVERSEA CHINESE - by Do
“People’s life in pre-liberation days in
If one were unfortunate enough to be caught, he would be put into the ‘detention center,’ sometimes for one or two years, before being deported back to
The author of this article, Mr. Do, used the fore-mentioned method to gain entrance to the
The year was 1930--
In 1941, after the “Pearl Harbor Incident”, US declared war on Japan. The US Communist Party of the time called on all believers of communism and anti-fascism to enlist in the (US) Army. Mr. Do joined the U.S. Army to make his contribution to the international struggle against fascism. After the war, he received an honorable discharge. At that time, many unmarried Chinese went back to China to bring back a “war bride.” Mr. Do went back and married Miss Owyang.
A year after returning to the
In 1958, Mr. Lo was persecuted by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). But INS had no hard evidence against him.
Then in 1960, the INS learned that Mr. Do came into the
When a person underwent ‘confession’, he must ‘confess’ everything. In this process, Mr. Do may end up divulging information that would incriminate Mr. Lo.
By this time, Mr. Do had a wife and two children, ages 13 and 10. Mr. Do was confronted with such a horrible prospect. He had no choice but to consult a lawyer. He concluded after analyzing the situation with the lawyer that if he were to “confess”, this would not only betray his friend; which Mr. Do would never do; but he would also be called upon to provide further testimony. In the majority of the cases, any testimony would be used to prosecute other Chinese. If this were to happen, there would be no end to the trouble and there would never be a peaceful day. Therefore, he decided to face pressure from the INS.
At the time, the immigration laws were being gradually reformed and becoming more lenient than the past. It was to Mr. Do’s advantage to delay the process a year, or even a day. There was no recognized diplomatic relationship between
Given all these, Mr. Do was still determined to face the INS in court. The judge finally dismissed the case because Mr. Do had served in the U.S. Army in WWII battlefields for three years. And that he had no previous criminal record.
Later, Mr. Do fought in the
Last year, Mr. Do and his wife longings to see their homeland, made a trip to visit