Tim Yamamura

A former Nichi Bei Times staff writer and current Nichi Bei Foundation board member, Yamamura is a playwright, non-fiction writer, and scholar working on his Ph.D. in the UC Santa Cruz Literature Department.

Updated September 2009

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Why the Japanese American Press Matters, Then and Now

During the first major wave of Japanese migration to the United States, roughly 1880-1924, the Issei found themselves in an unfamiliar, often times hostile world. They were actually a diverse group of people, stemming from regions throughout the Japanese archipelago, a country that at the time was in the midst of great change. Yet they faced a similar challenge of forging their individual futures in a new land while at the same time maintaining the connections shared.

One of the ways in which the Japanese migrants faced the struggles they encountered was by telling their stories.

As the late historian ...

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