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Leonard Broom (AKA Leonard Bloom): Scholar/Activist and Defender of Japanese Americans - Part 2

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Leonard Broom (AKA Leonard Bloom): Scholar/Activist and Defender of Japanese Americans - Part 1

Greg Robinson

As is well known, in the wake of Executive Order 9066 and the roundup and confinement of West Coast Japanese Americans, a group of scholars and researchers at University of California, Berkeley created the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, a multidisciplinary academic study on the migration, confinement, and resettlement ...

Seeking Will Thomas: An African American friend to the Nisei

Greg Robinson

Beginning in the last decades of the 20th century, the Asian American experience became a topic of interest in mainstream American society, and in the process was enshrined in the nation’s literary production. Books by authors of all backgrounds were published and authors such as Amy Tan, Jhumpa Lahiri ...

Way Down in Egypt Land: Tamio Wakayama, Civil Rights Photographer - Part 2

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Way Down in Egypt Land: Tamio Wakayama, Civil Rights Photographer - Part 1

Greg Robinson

In the column I wrote some time ago on the Nisei photographer Yoichi Okamoto, who served as official photographer in the White House during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, I spoke about how his photographs go beyond political propaganda and shine as both art and history. This is, if ...

The Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship: In support of Reconciliation

Greg RobinsonZacharie Leclair

The wartime confinement of Japanese Canadians is a landmark in the history of civil rights and race relations nationwide. Like their counterparts south of the border, 22,000 Canadian residents of Japanese ancestry suffered official wartime removal and mass confinement. In addition, their land and personal property were confiscated by ...

Eugene Rostow’s Japanese American articles: A Reconsideration - Part 2

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

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Eugene Rostow’s Japanese American articles: A Reconsideration - Part 1

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

In the annals of civil rights, a special place should be reserved for Eugene Rostow. In 1945, even as Japanese Americans remained confined in camps by official order, Rostow, then a young law professor at Yale University, published a pair of articles that criticized their wartime treatment. In his first ...

Japanese Americans and the legacy of Hugh Macbeth

Greg Robinson


Kikou Yamata: Rediscovering the First Nisei Writer

Greg Robinson

Throughout the 20th century, Nikkei writers have dreamed of writing “the Great Nisei novel,” a work of literature that would express the Japanese/American experience and show off the writing talents of the second generation. Critics have meanwhile drawn attention to existing works as the “greatest”. Frank Abe, my friend ...

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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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