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Father Hugh Lavery and the Ten Thousand Mile Parish

Jonathan van Harmelen

In a previous article I co-wrote with historian Greg Robinson, I highlighted the life work of Maryknoll Brother Theophane Walsh. Like a number of Maryknoll priests and nuns active in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo community, Brother Theophane spent most of his life working with the Japanese American community, helping to …

Father Leopold Tibesar – The Shepherd of Seattle  

Jonathan van Harmelen

Perhaps some of the best-known defenders of Japanese Americans during World War II were the religious leaders of Seattle. Leaders like Baptist minister Emery Andrews and Buddhist minister Gladys Sunya Pratt supported the Japanese American community in the face of allegations of treason, and worked with the community throughout the …

Kinjiro Matsudaira: Mayor of Edmonston, Maryland

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

In the pre-World War II years, mainland Japanese Americans were all but absent from electoral office. Whereas in Hawaii there were Nisei representatives in the Territorial Assembly and even a Senator, Sanji Abe, those living elsewhere found endemic anti-Japanese prejudice an effective barrier to even running for elected office, though …

Edmonia White Grant: A Black Woman Standing Up for Japanese Americans

Jonathan van Harmelen

While West Coast anti-Asian racism is well-known as a cause of the forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II, the complex history of intergroup relations between Japanese Americans and Black Americans during and after World War II still remains rather unexplored.

Farms of the Future: The Work of Laurence I. Hewes, Jr. - Part 2

Jonathan van Harmelen

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Farms of the Future: The Work of Laurence I. Hewes, Jr. - Part 1

Jonathan van Harmelen

The incarceration of Japanese Americans, in addition to being a product of years of racial hatred against Asian immigrants and economic profiteering by West Coast interest groups, represents an uncomfortable legacy of New Deal governance. Following Executive Order 9066, dozens of New Deal bureaucrats took up work as staffers for …

Linus Pauling: Advisor and Advocate

Jonathan van Harmelen

In a previous article for Discover Nikkei, I profiled the life work of Harvey Itano, the first Japanese American student to leave camp, who became a pioneering researcher of sickle-cell anemia. During his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology (or Cal Tech), Itano worked with the distinguished scientist …

How fair is “Fair Enough?” Westbrook Pegler and Japanese Americans - Part 2

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

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How fair is “Fair Enough?” Westbrook Pegler and Japanese Americans - Part 1

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

On March 28, 1945, the Manzanar Free Press ran a remarkable article relating to Japanese Americans. In discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Korematsu vs. United States, the text cited the noted (and notorious) newspaperman Westbrook Pegler, who had proclaimed in his nationally syndicated column “Fair …

One of Berkeley’s Finest: Harvey Itano and his work on Sickle Cell Anemia

Jonathan van Harmelen

A number of Japanese Americans have distinguished themselves within the ranks of academia. From famed sociologist Tamotsu Shibutani to the members of the Manzanar guayule project, Japanese American scholars in a variety of fields saw their careers shaped by the wartime incarceration. One such individual, who rose to the top …

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