Mas Oyama was born in Korea, but I never knew he was given a Korean name at birth. Was his ethnicity Korean or Japanese?
Originally posted by chufeng
He was a spindly kid but grew into a large man...perhaps that's why he took the name Oyama...(big mountain)
Sort of like saying you had dinner at the Borgia's.Originally posted by Hollywood1340
I thought the job description normaly under the heading of "Kamikaze Pilot" ran something llike "Do you want to go out with a bang? Fly yes, land no? Give the ultimate sacrifice for home and country? Have the experience of flying a loaded bomb? Never want to deal with life again? For a one way trip from sunny Japan call.." That is to say, to claim to be one AFTERWARDS would be a miracle.
Originally posted by Hollywood1340
That is to say, to claim to be one AFTERWARDS would be a miracle.
MartialArtist said:Mas Oyama was born in Korea, but I never knew he was given a Korean name at birth. Was his ethnicity Korean or Japanese?[/QUOTE
He was born in Korea so his ethnicity is Korean but when he immigrated to Japan he became a Japanese legend.
Littledragon said:Koreans and Japanese basically hate each other for problems that have occured over the last couple of 100 years. Unike in the US where if you move to the US and become a citizen you are considered an American........in Japan if you become a citizien doesn't make you a "Japanese".MartialArtist said:He was born in Korea so his ethnicity is Korean but when he immigrated to Japan he became a Japanese legend.
Most of Oyama's fame came from his own propaganda machine. Most of his exploits were exagerated....and in some cases made up or were intentially misleading. As I stated previously......I met him on several occasions and thought he was a jackass.
Martin h said:Actualy no. Some Kamikaze pilot never found a ship to crash into and returned to base (some did this several times), some ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea and survived (actualy some did this to avoid the shame of returning home). Some was shot down attempting to hit the target and was resued.
Anyway the story about Oyama was that at the end of the war he voluntared as kamikaze pilot, but never even got to report to the airfield for training before the war ended.[/QUOTE]
This is actually untrue.
He wanted to become a pilot but there was no way in hell the Japanese would let a non-Japanese become a Kamikaze pilot and die for the Emperor.
At that time any non-Japanese asians living in Japan as a "citizen" had to "Japanize" their name. This practice was still in effect until just a few years ago.Kirves said:The family with whom he lived when he moved to Japan, was Oyama so he adopted their name.