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Mari Sabusawa Michener: Supporter of the Arts

Greg Robinson

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Mari Sabusawa: Champion of Civil Rights

Greg Robinson

One arena of public life in which Japanese Americans have achieved great visibility during the 20th century is the arts. A constellation of brilliant Nisei artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Shinkichi Tajiri, Frank Okada, and Satoru Abe, won renown on the national and international level for their work. …

Foujita Discovers the Americas: An Artist's Tour - Part 2

Greg RobinsonSeth Jacobowitz

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Foujita Discovers the Americas: An Artist's Tour - Part 1

Greg RobinsonSeth Jacobowitz

The name of Léonard Foujita (AKA Tsuguharu Foujita) has lost much of its luster today. However, in his heyday in Paris in the 1920s, Foujita was not only the most celebrated Japanese artist in the world, but (along with Hollywood star Sessué Hayakawa) arguably the most famous living person of …

Kin was Much More than Kind: The Japanese Student Who Transformed Maryville

Greg Robinson


Bunji Omura – New York Japanese Antifascist Writer and Publicist

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

Although the saga of the Issei generation has been written by a number of historians, our understanding the views of Issei writers and thinkers on Japan is still incomplete. While the work of Eiichiro Azuma delves into the connections of the Issei to Japanese expansionism and the rise of militaristic …

Ayako Ishigaki: Radical Issei Feminist Writer in Mid-Century America

Greg Robinson


Leonard Arrington: Groundbreaking Historian of Japanese Americans

Greg RobinsonChristian Heimburger

In May 1962, Utah State University professor Leonard Arrington delivered a remarkable lecture on Japanese American confinement to his peers in Logan, Utah. It was one of the earliest scholarly examinations of Nikkei incarceration camps. Just how a middle-aged scholar specializing in Mormon history came to research and write about …

From Kenny Murase to Kenji Murase: The Journey of a Nisei Writer, Scholar, and Activist - Part 2

Greg Robinson

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From Kenny Murase to Kenji Murase: The Journey of a Nisei Writer, Scholar, and Activist - Part 1

Greg Robinson


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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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