Daniel H. Inouyé

Daniel H. Inouyé is an advanced Ph.D. candidate in history at New York University. He holds a M.A. degree in history from New York University and a New York State Board of Regents Certificate in Public History. He also holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California and the Alaska Bar Association. He is presently writing his Ph.D. dissertation on Issei and Nisei social activists in New York City and the structure of the New York Nikkei community between 1900 and 1947.

Updated October 2007

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Did Jackie Robinson Break the Baseball Color Barrier for Nikkei?

After watching a rerun of the old Sam Wood film Pride of the Yankees starring Gary Cooper one Saturday afternoon when I was eight years old, I became a fan of the New York Yankees and have been ever since. Although I am an American of Japanese ancestry, it was of little consequence to me that there were no Nikkei on the Yankees during my childhood and teenage years of the 1970s and 1980s. I rooted for the team and its players.


As is the case with many other avid baseball fans, I read books and articles not only …

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