Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson, um nova-iorquino nativo, é professor de História na l'Université du Québec à Montréal, uma instituição de língua francesa em Montreal, no Canadá. Ele é autor dos livros By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001), A Tragedy of Democracy; Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia University Press, 2009), After Camp: Portraits in Postwar Japanese Life and Politics (University of California Press, 2012) e Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era (University of Illinois Press, 2012) e coeditor da antologia Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road (University of Washington Press, 2008). Sua coluna histórica “The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great”, é um traço bem conhecido do jornal Nichi Bei Weekly. O último livro de Robinson foi The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches (University Press of Colorado, 2016).

Atualizado em junho de 2017

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Defendendo Nikkeis: Hugh Macbeth e o Encarceramento de Nipo-Americanos

Hugh Macbeth, Sr., um advogado negro de Los Angeles, está praticamente esquecido nos dias de hoje, mas ele merece ser homenageado como um espetacular defensor dos nipo-americanos durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial. Nascido em Charleston, na Carolina do Sul, em 1884, Hugh Ellwood Macbeth cursou a Fisk University e a Faculdade de Direito de Harvard, se formando em 1908. Depois de morar alguns anos em Baltimore, onde ele fundou o jornal The Baltimore Times, em 1913 ele se mudou para a Califórnia.

Nas décadas seguintes, Macbeth se tornou um personagem importante no meio jurídico e político ...

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George Yamaoka for the Defense: The story of a Transnational Nisei Lawyer and Businessman

The life of George Yamaoka, a Japanese American lawyer who was appointed by the Allies to defend accused Japanese war criminals after World War II, represents an interesting variation on the Nisei experience.

Yamaoka was born in Seattle on January 26, 1903. His father, Otohiko Yamaoka, was a Japan-born lawyer and community leader. As a youth, the senior Yamaoka had become one of the youngest men ever elected to the Diet. After being imprisoned for treason for his involvement in a conspiracy to assassinate officials in Shizuoka, he spent ten years in prison before being released through the intervention of ...

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Erna P. Harris: An African-American Champion of Equality

One part of the history of Japanese Americans that has been curiously neglected is the disproportionate support offered them by Black Americans at the time of their mass wartime confinement. Victims of racial injustice themselves, African Americans demonstrated different forms of solidarity to their Nikkei counterparts during those years. In particular, there are numerous examples of African American writers and journalists who spoke out in support of the rights of Japanese Americans in the wake of Executive Order 9066. The celebrated poet Langston Hughes devoted several of his columns in the Chicago Defender to opposing the government’s policy as ...

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Japanese Americans and the legacy of Hugh Macbeth

The passing of Hugh Macbeth, Jr., who died in September 2019 at the age of 100, offers us an opportunity to reflect once more on the story of the remarkable Macbeth family and especially Hugh Macbeth, Sr and Jr, the father-son team of African American lawyers who provided outstanding support to Japanese Americans in the World War II era. One of the most gratifying and inspiring experiences of my life was uncovering their story and bringing it to public attention. In the process, I was privileged to get to know Hugh Macbeth Jr. and learn about his life.

I first ...

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The French (Nikkei) Connection: Japanese Americans in Midcentury Paris

My recent article on the French-born mixed-race Japanese writer Kikou Yamata, whose works were published in translation in the United States and discussed in Nisei literary reviews, has inspired me to delve more into the fascinating and varied history of the connections that Japanese Americans forged with France during the period before and after World War II, and the nature of their cultural exchange.

This is an enormous subject, which encompasses such diverse elements as the experience of the Nisei visitors, students and creative artists who went to Paris and outside, including their interactions with Nikkei from around the world ...

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