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When Danger Flew East: The Career of Miki Morita

Greg Robinson

One of the most fascinating, and most poignant, stories of Nikkei performers in the “golden age” of Hollywood is that of Miki Morita (AKA Mike Morita). While he never achieved the stardom of Sessue Hayakawa, he appeared in some 50 films in 1930s Hollywood. He also distinguished himself by his …

The Ichioka Women - Part 2: Achievement and Conflict

Greg Robinson

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The Ichioka Women - Part 1: The Story of Toshia Mori

Greg Robinson


Japanese Canadians: Race, Religion, and Confinement

Greg Robinson

The current exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, entitled Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration, centers on the role of religion in the wartime Japanese American experience. It follows on the work of scholars such as Duncan Ryuken Williams, Anne Blankenship, and Beth Hessel, …

The Kai family: A Transnational Nisei Story - Part 2

Greg Robinson

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The Kai family: A Transnational Nisei Story - Part 1

Greg Robinson

Two Nisei whose lives and career paths were strikingly uncommon were the siblings Miwa and Yoshio Kai. Miwa was a musical prodigy who starred as a classical pianist on the international stage in the years before World War II, then devoted herself afterwards to work as a skilled librarian—all of …

Tani Jôji: Chronicles of a Japanese Vagabond in America - Part 2

Greg Robinson

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Tani Jôji: Chronicles of a Japanese Vagabond in America - Part 1

Greg Robinson

Whenever I visit Paris, I love to spend time going through bookstores, looking for interesting French books for my library. On my last trip, I went to the Librarie Le Phénix, my favorite bookstore for works on Asia and Asian Americans. While browsing the shelves, I came across a paperback …

Otto and Iris Yamaoka: Asian Actors in 1930s Hollywood - Part 2

Greg Robinson

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Otto and Iris Yamaoka: Asian Actors in 1930s Hollywood - Part 1

Greg Robinson

As readers of this column know, I have done a great deal of research in recent years on the panoply of Asian American performers who worked in Hollywood in the generation before World War II. Theirs was not a simple life. Hollywood studios made frequent use of white actors in …

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I am a native New Yorker who is Professor of History at l'Université du Québec À Montréal, a French-language institution in Montreal, Canada. In addition to writing multiple books on Japanese American and Japanese Caandian history, I write the regular historical column "The Great Unknown" for the NICHI BEI WEEKLY newspaper.

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  • Japantowns

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