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After the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of Spam is South Korea. But how did a simple processed meat product turn into a popular luxury item in an East Asian country?
With its pale pink hue and spongy texture, Spam has been called “disgusting” and “inedible” in the U.S since the late 1930s. Hormel Foods Corporation states that their product contains just six ingredients, but the canned good has received a reputation for being “mystery meat,” prompting Hormel to create campaigns such as “Don’t Knock It ‘Til You’ve Fried It.”
When indulging in hot dogs, french fries or Spam, you might reach for an ever-so-trustworthy bottle of tomato ketchup. But if you want to add a sweet, tangy kick to your food, try one of the Philippines’ most popular condiments: banana ketchup.
Despite what its name suggests, banana ketchup isn’t solely a mixture of banana pulp and crushed tomatoes. Its smooth texture, similar to that of tomato ketchup, can be deceiving. Yet the history of this beloved condiment — which typically consists of mashed banana, vinegar, sugar and spices — shines a light on the Philippines during a time of struggle.
It took 75 years for a disgraced family in Japan to finally find peace.
Last month, the remains of Hideki Tojo, the man who served as Japan’s prime minister for most of World War II, was approximately located. The discovery was published by a Japanese professor, who found the information in declassified U.S. military documents.
Mitsuye Endo is an unsung hero who was the only plaintiff to win a court case that led to the process of ending Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
Life before concentration: Endo was born on May 10, 1920, in Sacramento, Calif., to Japanese immigrant parents and graduated from Sacramento Senior High School.
California dedicated Jan. 30 to the memory of Fred Korematsu, a shipyard welder who legally objected to Japanese American “internment” in World War II.
The state holiday, officially the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, was signed into law by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 23, 2010.
Arcadia, a city in California known as a Japanese incarceration site during World War II, has appointed its first Japanese American police chief.
History in the making: The city made history last week after Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto appointed Capt. Roy Nakamura, 56, as the new police chief, according to Patch. The 28-year department veteran will take over for retiring Chief Robert T. Guthrie, who will vacate the position on Jan. 9 after 31 years of service.
In an act of heroism that barely made it to history textbooks, one Chinese man had been responsible for saving thousands of Jewish people in World War II by welcoming them to Shanghai.
While others refused such action over fear of the Nazis, Ho Feng Shan, consul-general of then-Nationalist China’s Embassy in Vienna, defied his superiors’ orders and granted at least 5,000 visas to desperate Jews.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its intention to terminate a parole program that intends to help Filipino World War II veterans and their families.
In an op-ed for The Hill published on Nov. 5., retired Major General Antonio Taguba has called out the decision to terminate the Filipino WWII Veterans Parole program.
Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok recalled all the horrifying moments he encountered during the occupation of the Southeast Asian country, formerly known as Malaya, by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.
While speaking to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, the 95-year-old business magnate explained that he agreed to do the interview so that Japanese people would know what really happened at the time, details that are reportedly being kept out of their school textbooks.
Hiroshima Teen Gets Asked if Japanese People Hate Americans for Atomic Bombing, Their Answer is Beautiful
This week, the world remembered the first atomic bomb that the U.S. dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, a move that killed 70,000 people in less than a minute.
The event, which altered history and was one of the final moves of World War II, left the people of Japan scarred for generations, healing as a collective to this date.
A photograph of four young women purportedly hosing a fire during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has appeared on several mainstream publications and history books as an iconic symbol of determination against adversity.
It was later revealed, however, that the image was actually taken from a training exercise.
Ainsley Earhardt, one of the hosts of “Fox & Friends,” made a mistake on national television when she recalled the United States defeating “communist Japan” during World War II.
Ainsley Earhardt proudly remembers the time that the United States “defeated communist Japan,” proving we are truly a Great country. pic.twitter.com/xFMHWtuQ8v