James Yee is a third generation Chinese American and a 1990 graduate of West Point. In 2001, Captain Yee was commissioned to be a Muslim chaplain in the U.S. Army. After the tragic attacks of 9/11, Yee helped to educate fellow soldiers about Islam. Later, he was assigned to serve at Guantanamo where detainees from Iraq and Afghanistan were being held. Then the U.S. government wrongfully accused him of spying and aiding the Taliban and Al Queda. Yee spent 76 days in solitary confinement and was threatened with the death penalty before being exonerated.
On October 23, 2005, Yee spoke at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to introduce his book, For God and Country, which told his compelling story. He spoke on many Southern California campuses: UCLA, USC, Cal State University at Long Beach, Cal State University at San Bernardino, Cal State University at Northridge, and at Occidental University. The event was sponsored by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Civil Rights Fund, Japanese American Citizens League-PSWD, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Organization of Chinese American, Greater Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, Southern California Library and the Islamic Shura Council.