James Kumpel, "The Right Place"
James Kumpel is an American of Japanese, German, English, and Irish heritage. His grandfather was one of the 120,000 Japanese Americans and residents who were incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II. During the 1980s, Mr. Kumpel wrote articles, letters to the editor, and reports on the wartime injustice. In 1988, he worked as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. and witnessed the House passage of redress legislation, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Kumpel received New York chapter and National JACL scholarships from 1986-1988. Upon graduating as a Presidential Scholar from Cornell University, he worked in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. After graduating from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Kumpel launched his career as a healthcare services equity research analyst and became a chartered financial analyst. He serves on the New York JACL's chapter board.
Articles by James Kumpel:
Freedom, Responsibility and Integrity
While still a student at Cornell University, I was struck by a motto that simply captured the essence of American civics: freedom with responsibility. We should embrace and defend freedom as a core defining feature of our society, but pair it with the duties of citizenship. Our country is a beacon of hope to many around the world...Read More
Relevance in the Era of Diversity
Japanese Americans have a reason to feel proud during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPIH) Month. Our history includes the first Asian Americans elected to the Senate and to a governorship. The heroic exploits of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service during WWII helped to resoundingly counter the WWI...Read More
The Cynical Politics Of Outrage
It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize crude cynicism in the politics of outrage practiced in this presidential election year. Liberals are still smarting from the raucous town hall meetings in 2009 that spooked huge Democratic majorities in Congress to just barely pass a healthcare law that greatly diverged from their single payer i...Read More
Life of Remembrance
Whenever the Day of Remembrance comes and goes, I wonder whether we need to treat the day of the issuance of E.O. 9066 with such respect and commemoration. Indeed, the Japanese Americans who were relegated to indignity, injustice, and incarceration during World War II suffered every day for four years, not just Feb. 19. Other than in the solem...Read More
China as the Bogeyman and Other Myths
Americans know the value of hard work and recognize the importance of commerce as a means of improving the lot of trading partners. Our country has been blessed with natural resources, ocean borders, and risk takers who have developed world-class competitive industries. We have enjoyed the benefits of free trade as we remain net exporters of airpla...Read More