Final Summary

This past summer has been an incredible experience. Not only did I create a database and learn about the vital role Asian American WWII veterans played in our military, I learned about the deportation of veterans. I was given the opportunity to explore a new area in research and asses our nation’s perception and treatment of immigrants. I learned about the impact expanding the definition of “aggravated felonies” has had on immigrants and the complexities and confusion around military naturalization. My interests are in the social sciences but am glad that I got to approach my research from a legal perspective.

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Summer Research Check In – Week 7

I finally finished the database, which holds the names of veterans from the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, that I have been working on since the beginning of the summer. I am continuing to look for sources talks about Filipinos, known as Manilamen, who may have served along Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. Professor Sohoni is writing a book on his research and I am helping him find case studies, by using the database I created, to incorporate into his book.

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Summer Research Check in – Week 5

This summer I am assisting Professor Sohoni on his research concerning the legal obstacles foreign-born Asian Americans faced when trying to gain citizenship after serving the U.S. military. One of my first tasks for was to create a database of the Asian Americans who served in the US military. I gathered my information from the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project website and created an excel sheet with the veterans’ information. Some of the names include video recordings, audio interviews, or memoirs. If the Veterans History project provides these files I usually watch or listen to them and make notes on the significant events that occurred during their military service. Getting to hear the veterans stories is the best part of my research because of the detailed stories veterans provide and how passionate they are to have served the United States.

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Abstract – The Color of Patriotism: Asian American Military Service and U.S. Citizenship

Hi! My name is Yosselin Turcios and I am a freshman at the College of William and Mary. I plan on majoring on Kinesiology and Health Science concentrating in Public Health and minoring in Psychology. This summer I will be assisting Professor Sohoni on his research concerning the legal obstacles foreign-born Asian Americans faced when trying to gain citizenship after serving the U.S. military during World War II.

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