26 August 2022

Published August 24, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


“You’re opening a Chinese restaurant, Pop?” Noriyuki looked up from his homework. “But we’re Japanese.”

“The camps certainly taught me that.”  Tamaru shrugged. “Chinese. Japanese. We all look alike to them. Let’s go to the movies.”

Noriyuki stretched his legs. After spending his childhood in a body cast with no hope of healing, he relished a walk to—anywhere.

On December 7, 1966, stand-up comic, Pat Noriyuki Morita, sweat running down his back, said, “Before I begin, I just want to say I’m sorry for messing up your harbor.”

After a moment of thick silence, the audience burst into laughter. 

*Once billed as the Hip Nip, Pat Morita appeared in movies and television. You may remember him as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid or as Arnold Takahashi on Happy Days. As a child he was diagnosed with spinal TB. The doctors gave him little hope of ever walking. Alas after a procedure restored his legs, he was taken from hospital to a Japanese internment camp.

*As for the photo, I believe that food court is Korean. 😉

63 comments on “26 August 2022

    • Dear Iain,

      The irony is that the producer didn’t want to cast Pat Morita, a known stand-up comic, in a serious dramatic role. I remember when we saw the movie, thinking, that man has no more Japanese accent than I do. 😉 He did a fabulous job, didn’t he? Thank you.



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    • Dear Jan,

      I remember when we went to see the Karate Kid wondering how this stand up comic who had as much of a Japanese accent as I did was going to pull it off. Very well, I’d say. He did overcome a lot…just not what he needed to in the end. 😦 Thanks M’luv.


  • Dear Dr. Rudy Prodder W(T)F,

    I’m thinking of opening a Hillbilly market. It’s gettin’ hard to find squirrel brains and poke (currently out of season) in Northwest Arkansas. So many folks have moved here from other countries like California and Florida that you have to get up before the crack of noon if you want fresh road kill.

    I know how fond you and Jan are of Fricasseed Possum and Armadillo on the Half-Shell, so I’ll be sure and save you both a heaping’ helping for your next visit.

    There’s always a spot for you at our table.
    Pappy Yokum

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    • Dear Keith,

      That apology was some pretty fast thinking on his feet. His audience happened to be a group of Pearl Harbor survivors. He didn’t know this until right before he went on. I can only imagine what was going through his mind. Glad you remember Karate Kid. Loved that movie. Thank you.



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    • Dear Plaridel,

      I can only imagine what that feels like. To tell the truth I do have a problem differentiating between the different Asians. But that doesn’t keep me from voicing my appreciation for the cultures. Thank you for weighing in.



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    • Dear Bernadette,

      For some reason Word Press wants to send your comments to my trash folder. And it’s not just yours. I try to scan my folder every day so I don’t miss valid comments.
      At any rate, Many times these stories find me. I might be reading something about a favorite person and decide to dig deeper. Lots of wasiting time on the internet, YouTube etc. Thank you for reading and asking.




  • Rochelle, I loved this and I never knew that he did stand up. I confess that reading this sent me on a rabbit hole of watching clips on Youtube of his standup and also rewatching Mr. Miyagi moments. You have a great way of humanizing history. Have a great weekend!

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