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Father Thomas Takahashi – A Man of One Spirit in Two Worlds

Jonathan van Harmelen


Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 2

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

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Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 1

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

Toge Fujihira (whose family name was sometimes reported as Fujihara) left the West Coast in the years before World War II and settled in New York, where he distinguished himself as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. During the postwar era, he established himself as a professional cameraman and photographer, capturing …

Clement Boesflug: Catholic Priest and JACL Chaplain

Jonathan van Harmelen

Among the Maryknoll Catholic clergy who worked with Japanese Americans, many individuals, including Fathers Hugh Lavery and Leopold Tibesar, served as spiritual teachers and advocates on behalf of Japanese communities. However, few interacted with their parishioners or participated in community politics as much as Father Clement Boesflug. Known commonly as “Father …

The N-Word and the Japanese American Press

Jonathan van HarmelenGreg Robinson

In the wide world of American racial epithets, one word seems to stand apart as uniquely hateful and wounding: the term euphemized as the “N-word.” Applied to African Americans, it is a corruption of the term Negro—a term that has gone through its own complex history. Like the Nazi swastika, …

The Other Side of Doho: Kikue Ukai, Groundbreaking Deaf Writer and Editor

Jonathan van Harmelen

In my previous article on Shuji Fujii, I highlighted his work as a writer, editor, and labor activist. Although Fujii ran the radical Japanese community newspaper Doho for most of its existence, he could not have done so without the help of his wife, Kikue. A gifted writer and literary …

Shuji Fujii and the Hidden Lives of Japanese American Communists

Jonathan van Harmelen

One of the more understudied topics in Japanese American political history is the presence of communists among Nisei intellectuals. Indeed, the late Asian American scholar and activist Yuji Ichioka called upon scholars to examine the complex network of Japanese American leftists among the immigrant communities. As with Robin Kelley’s book …

The Karma of Nations: the story of Rinban Kyoshiro Tokunaga

Jonathan van Harmelen


The Sisters of Maryknoll and Manzanar

Jonathan van Harmelen

As I have noted in my previous articles on the work of Fathers Leopold Tibesar and Hugh Lavery, a number of Maryknoll clergy played important roles in support of Japanese American communities in West Coast cities. Although priests like Lavery and Tibesar are remembered for their leadership during the incarceration, less …

Japanese Culture and Catholic Faith: Maryknoll's Long History in Little Tokyo

Jonathan van Harmelen

April 4, 2021 was Easter Sunday. While Easter celebrations in Little Tokyo do not hold the same importance as community festivities like Nisei Week, the celebration of Christian holidays (and even St. Patrick’s Day) at the St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center in Little Tokyo is a tradition that …

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