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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 Canada’s …

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 and …

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

Greg Robinson

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 …

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

Greg Robinson


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

Greg Robinson

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 …

Stepping over the Color Line: Nikkei at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Greg Robinson

One pillar of American education is the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Founded to give free blacks access to higher education in the century following Emancipation, a period when African American students remained largely excluded from mainstream universities, these institutions sprang up all through the South and …

Shinkichi Tajiri and the Paradoxes of Japanese American Identity

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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