An Active Voice: The New Republic’s Reportage on the Incarceration - Part 1


In November 2020, I published an article for Discover Nikkei addressing The New Yorker’s coverage of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Although the magazine’s wartime issues provided scant coverage of the incarceration, mostly couched in vague allusions to the topic, such brief mentions nonetheless indicate the subtle buildup of consciousness …

Harvests Lost – the Koda Family’s Claim


In my previous article for Discover Nikkei, I described my trip to the UC Davis archive and my research into William Koda’s papers. As part of my article, I mentioned discovering a letter sent by attorney Leslie Gillen to the Koda family that discussed the potential effect of William Koda’s …

A Trip to the Archive – In Memory of William Koda


As part of my research for Discover Nikkei, especially during COVID times, I spend a great deal of time perusing databases and digitized collections available online, such as Densho, the Library of Congress, or the Bancroft Library at University of California at Berkeley. As social distancing restrictions shift, occasionally I …

Les Japonais Américains: Recent Discussions of Japanese American History in France


In my previous article for Discover Nikkei, I uncovered the wartime newspaper coverage of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the French press. In postwar France, the retelling of Japanese American history offers both a vivid example of foreign interest in United States history and a window into French views …

The French Connection: What Newspapers in Wartime France Said About Japanese Americans


The story of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans is not only a part of U.S. history, but also a part of global history. As many Issei remained in touch with families in Japan, news of the wartime incarceration travelled across the Pacific, and even became a propaganda tool in …

The Curious Case of Ronald Lane Latimer: A Born-Again Buddhist - Part 2


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The Curious Case of Ronald Lane Latimer: A Born-Again Buddhist - Part 1


Numerous authors have previously uncovered the stories of the outside supporters who vocalized their support for Japanese American communities amidst the wave of anti-Japanese vitriol on the West Coast in early 1942. Although the community of supporters ranged from leftist activists to New Deal idealists, it was a small minority …

Father Thomas Takahashi – A Man of One Spirit in Two Worlds


Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 2


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Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 1


Toge Fujihira (whose family name was sometimes reported as Fujihara) left the West Coast in the years before World War II and settled in New York, where he distinguished himself as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. During the postwar era, he established himself as a professional cameraman and photographer, capturing …

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