This video was created as part of an ongoing Storyteller's Series for Immanuel Senior Living Communities. The series interviews residents and shares their stories.
Resident Tom Miya was one of nearly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent placed in interment camps during World War II. Although halted in his pursuit of a pharmacy degree, Miya found a way out of internment and was accepted into the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he thrived as a student. Coincidentally, after he was released, Miya was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to transport top-secret intelligence reports. Miya continued his academic career and received his doctorate in Pharmacology, later serving as a dean of the School of Pharmacy for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although unfairly restricted by internment, he responds to the incident with gratitude. Miya shares his story of perseverance and the importance of grace.