Kenji: A Rap about an Immigrant

TCC frequently blogs about immigration issues and about pop culture.

So how about a blog about a rap song that discusses Japanese internment camps in the U.S.? How's that for fusing two worlds?

Here's Mike Shinoda of Fort Minor and Linkin Park. The musician suffers from potty mouth syndrome, but in "Kenji" (lyrics here) he keeps it pretty clean and even-handed. The rap is about Shinoda family members whose lives were radically altered after the Pearl Harbor attack. It's not the usual fare for this genre of music; in fact, it's more like a tuneful, poignant mini docudrama.

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