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Japanese American History, Life & Values

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Densho: The Japanese-American Legacy Project.

Japanese American National Museum.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

Japanese American National Museum.

Japanese American Network.

Nikkei Heritage.

In the Library: Articles

Bloom, Leonard. "Familial adjustment of Japanese-Americans to relocation: first phase," American Sociological Review 8 (1943):551-60.

Cohn, Werner. "Persecution of Japanese Canadians & the political Left in British Columbia, 12/41-3/42," British Columbia Studies 68 (win85-86):3-22.

Conrat, Maisie & Richard. "Executive Order 9066," in R. Olmsted & C. Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal (Sacramento, 1971), pp. 93-100.

Feeley, Francis. "A legacy of injustice: the West Coast Japanese before World War II," Journal of the West 32,4 (10/93):83-.

Hanawa, Yukiko. "The world of Suzie Wong & Madame Butterfly: race & gender in Asian America," Radical History Review 64 (win 96):12-18.

Ichioka, Yuji. "A buried past: early Issei socialists & the Japanese community," Amerasia Journal 1,2 (1971):1-25.

Jensen, Joan M. "Women on the Pacific Rim: some thoughts on border crossings," Pacific Historical Review 67 (1998):3-40.

Lee, Robert G. "The hidden world of Asian immigrant radicalism," in P. Buhle & D. Georgakas (eds.) The Immigrant Left in the US (Albany: SUNY, 1996).

Matsumoto, Valeria. "Japanese American women during World War II," Frontiers 8, 1 (1984):6-14.

Nash, Philip Tajitsu. "A more perfect union: Japanese Americans & the Constitution," Radical History Review 45 (1989):139-42.

Shaffer, Robert. "Cracks in the consensus: defending the rights of Japanese Americans during World War II," Radical History Review 72 (fall 98):85-120.

Spickard, Paul R. "The Nisei assume power: the Japanese Citizens League, 1941-1942," Pacific Historical Review 52,2 (1983):147-74.

Waltz, Eric. "From Kumamoto to Idaho: the influence of Japanese immigrants on the agricultural development of the Interior West," Agricultural History 74 (2000):404-18.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Chalfen, Richard. Turning Leaves: The Photograph Collections of Two Japanese American Families (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1991).

Chang, Thelma. "I Can Never Forget": Men of the 100th/442nd (Honolulu: Sigi, 1991).

Chuman, Frank F. Bamboo People: The Law & Japanese Americans (Del Mar CA, 1972).

Conroy, Hilary & T. Scott Miyakawa (eds.) East Across the Pacific: Historical & Sociological Studies of Japanese Immigration & Assimilation (4 vols.; Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1972).

Daniels, Roger & Spencer C. Olin Jr. (eds.) Racism in California: A Reader in the History of Oppression (NY: Macmillan, 1972).

__________. The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California & the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion (Berkeley: U. California, 1977).

__________; Sandra C. Taylor & Harry H.L. Kitano (eds.) Japanese Americans, from Relocation to Redress (Salt Lake City: U. Utah, 1986).

Duus, Masayo Umezawa. Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th & the 442nd (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 1987).

Fujino, Diane C. Yuri Kochiyama: Heartbeat of Struggle (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota, 2005).

Glenn, Evelyn Nakano. Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Philadelphia: Temple, 1996).

Harden, Jacalyn D. Japanese Americans in Black & White Chicago (Minneapolis: U. Minnesota, 2003).

Harrington, Joseph D. Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory (Detroit: Pettigrew, 1979).

Hatimiya, Leslie T. Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans & the Passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (Stanford: Stanford, 1993).

Hayashi, Brian Masaru. "For the Sake of Our Japanese Brethren": Assimilation, Nationalism & Protestantism among the Japanese of Los Angeles, 1895-1942 (Stanford: Stanford, 1995).

Herman, Masako. Japanese in America, 1843-1977 (Dobbs Ferry NY: Oceana, 1977).

Hirabayashi, Lane Ryo & George Tanaka. The Early Gardena Valley& the Issei (Gardena: Gardena Pioneer Project, 1986).

__________. The Delectable Berry: Japanese American Contributions to the Development of the Strawberry Industry on the West Coast (Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 1989).

__________; Akemi Kikumura-Yano & James A. Hirabayashi (eds.) New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization & People of Japanese Descent in the Americas & from Latin America in Japan (Stanford: Stanford, 2002).

Hirobe, Izumi. Japanese Pride, American Prejudice: Modifying the Exclusion Clause of the 1924 Immigration Act (Stanford: Stanford, 2001).

Hohri, William Minoru. Repairing America: An Account of the Movement for Japanese-American Redress (Pullman: Washington State U, 1988)

Hosokawa, Bill. JACL in Quest of Justice: The History of the Japanese American Citizens' League (NY: Wm. Morrow, 1982).

Ichihashi, Yamato. Japanese in the US (NY: Arno, 1932).

Ichioka, Yuji. The Issei: The World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants, 1885-1924 (NY: Free Press, 1988).

Ito, Kazuo. Issei: A History of Japanese Immigrants in North America (Seattle: Japanese Community Service, 1973).

Iwata, Masakazu. Planted in Good Soil: A History of the Issei in US Agriculture (2 vols.; NY: P. Lang, 1992).

Japanese American Curriculum Project. Japanese American Journey: The Story of a People (San Mateo CA: JACP, 1985).

Kikumura, Akemi. Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman (Novato CA: Chandler & Sharp, 1981).

__________. Promises Kept: The Life of an Issei Man (Novato CA: Chandler & Sharp, 1991).

__________. Issei Pioneers: Hawaii & the Mainland, 1885-1924 (Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 1992).

Kitano, Harry H.L. The Japanese Americans [1969] (rev. ed.: NY: Chelsea House, 198?).

__________. Japanese Americans: The Evolution of a Subculture (Englewood Cliff NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976).

__________. Generations & Identity: The Japanese American (Needham Heights MA: Ginn, 1993).

Kurashige, Lon. Japanese American Celebration & Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity & Festival, 1934-1990 (Berkeley: U. California, 2002). "Little Tokyo" in Los Angeles.

Lukes, Timothy J. & Gary Y. Okihiro. Japanese Legacy: Farming & Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino: De Anza College, 1985).

Lydon, Sandy. The Japanese in the Monterey Bay Region: A Brief History (Capitola CA: Capitola Book, 1997).

Maki, Mitchell T.; Harry H.L. Kitano & S. Megan Berthold. Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1999).

Matsumoto, Valerie J. Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982 (Ithaca: Cornell, 1993).

McWilliams, Carey. Brothers Under the Skin (Boston: Little, Brown, 1943; rev. ed. 1964).

__________ et al. Can the Japanese be Assimilated into the American Way of Life? (Columbus OH: American Education, 1944).

__________. What About Our Japanese-Americans? (NY: Public Affairs Committee, 1944).

__________. Prejudice: Japanese-Americans, Symbol of Racial Intolerance (Boston: Little, Brown, 1944; & Hamden CT: Archon, 1971).

Melendy, H. Brett. Chinese & Japanese Americans (NU: Hippocrene, 1984).

Montero, Darrel. Japanese Americans: Changing Patterns of Ethnic Affiliation over Three Generations (Boulder: Westview, 1980).

Mori, Kyoko. The Dream of Water: A Memoir (NY: One World, 1996).

__________. Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures (NY: Holt, 1997).

Murray, Alice Yang. "Silence, No More": The Japanese American Redress Movement, 1941-1992 (unpub. PhD Stanford, 1994).

__________. What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II Mean?: Readings (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

Nakano, Mei. Japanese American Women: Three Generations, 1890-1990 (San Francisco: Mina Publishing & Japanese American Historical Society, 1990).

Nakayama, Gordon G. Issei: Stories of Japanese Canadian Pioneers (Toronto: NC Press, 1984).

Niiya, Brian (ed.) Encyclopedia of Japanese American History: An A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present (NY: Facts on File, 2001).

Ogawa, Dennis. Jan Ken Po: The World of Hawaii's Japanese Americans (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 1974).

Okazaki, Suzie Kobuchi. Nihonmachi: A Story of San Francisco's Japantown (San Francisco, 1985).

Okihiro, Gary Y. Margins & Mainstreams: Asians in American History & Culture (Seattle: U. Washington, 1994).

__________. Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans in World War II (Seattle: U. Washington, 1996).

__________. Storied Lives: Japanese American Students & World War II (Seattle: U. Washington, 1999).

__________. The Colombia Guide to Asian American History (NY: Columbia U, 2001).

Palmer, Albert Wentworth. Orientals in American Life (NY: Friendship, 1934).

Prebisch, Charles S. & Kenneth K. Tanaka (eds.) The Faces of Buddhism in America (Berkeley: U. California, 1998).

Sarasohn, Eileen Sunada (ed.) The Issei: Portrait of a Pioneer. An Oral History (Palo Alto: Pacific, 1983).

__________. Issei Women: Echoes from Another Frontier (Palo Alto: Pacific, 1988).

Sawada, Mitziko. Tokyo Life, New York Dreams: Urban Japanese Visions of America, 1890-1924 (Berkeley: U. California, 1996).

Sone, Monica. Nisei Daughter (Boston: Little, Brown, 1953).

Spickard, Paul R. Japanese Americans: The Formation & Transformations of an Ethnic Group (NY: Twayne, 1996).

Takahashi, Jere. Nisei/Sansei: Shifting Japanese American Identities & Politics (Philadelphia: Temple, 1997).

Takaki, Ronald T. Issei & Nisei: The Settling of Japanese America (NY: Chelsea House, 1994).

__________. Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II (Boston: Little Brown, 2000).

Takami, David A. Divided Destiny: A History of the Japanese Americans in Seattle (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1998)

Takezawa, Yasuko I. Breaking the Silence: The Redress & Japanese American Ethnicity (Ithaca: Cornell, 1995).

Tanaka, Chester. Go For Broke: A Pictorial History of the Japanese American 100th Infantry Batallion & 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Richmond CA, 1982).

Tsuchida, Nobuya. Issei: The First Fifty Years (Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center, 1975).

Wilson, Robert & Bill Hosokawa. East to America: A History of the Japanese in the US (NY: Wm. Morrow, 1980).

Yanagisako, Sylvia Junko. Transforming the Past: Tradition & Kinship among Japanese Americans (Stanford, 1985).

Yoo, David. Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, & Culture Among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-1949 (Urbana: U. Illinois, 2000).

In the Library: Fiction

Adachi, Jeffrey. Maniwala Boy: The Life & Times of a Walnut Grove Country Boy (Sacramento: Yancha, 1982).

Chin, Frank; Jeffery Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada & Shawn Wong (eds.) Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (NY: Anchor, 1975).

Choi, Susan. American Woman (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2003). Japanese American woman caught up in 70s militant underground.

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994).

Hara, Marie. Bananaheart & Other Stories (Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge, 1994).

Hsu, Kai-yu & Helen Palubinskas (eds.) Asian-American Authors (Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1972).

Iida, Deborah. Middle Son (Chapel Hill NC: Algonquin Books, 1996).

Ikeda, Stewart David. What the Scarecrow Said: A Novel (NY: Regan, 1996).

Ishiguro, Kazuo. A Pale View of Hills (NY: Putnam, 1982). A Japanese woman settled in Britain recalls the horrors of World War II.

Kadohata, Cynthia. The Floating World (NY: Viking Penguin, 1989).

Kim, Elaine H. Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings & Their Social Context (Philadelphia: Temple, 1982).

__________ & Lilia V. Villanueva. Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (Boston: Beacon, 1997).

Kogawa, Joy. Obasan (Boston: David Godine, 1981).

__________. Itsuka (NY: Doubleday, 1992).

Lee, Chang-rae. A Gesture Life (NY: Riverhead, 1999).

Massey, Sujata. The Salaryman's Wife (NY: HarperPaperbacks, 1997).

Miyamoto, Kazuo. Hawaii: End of the Rainbow (Rutland VT: Tuttle, 1964).

Moore, Marker. A Cruel Season for Dying (NY: Warner, 2003). Hero Jimmy Sakura is a homicide detective working in New York.

Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter (NY: Holt, 1993).

__________. Stone Field, True Arrow: A Novel (NY: Metropolitan, 2000).

Murayama, Milton. Five Years on a Rock: A Novel (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 1994).

Okada, John. No-No Boy [1957] (Seattle: U. Washington, 1981).

Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine (NY: Knopf, 2003). Brilliant, spare evocation of the life of a Japanese American family in Berkeley & Topaz during & just after World War II.

Ozeki, Ruth. All Over Creation (NY: Viking, 2003).

Saiki, Patsy Sumie. Sachie: Daughter of Hawaii (Honolulu: Kisaku, 1977).

Sakamoto, Edward. Hawai'i no ka oi: The Kamiya Family Trilogy (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 1995).

Shigekuni, Julie. A Bridge Between Us (NY: Anchor, 1995).

Steele, Danielle. Silent Honor (NY: Delacorte, 1996). Well-researched story of family life in San Francisco before World War II, & wartime relocation.

Uchida, Yoshiko. Picture Bride: A Novel [1987] (Seattle: U. Washington, 1997).

Uyemoto, Holly. Go (NY: Dutton, 1995).

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Wild Meat & the Bully Burgers (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996).

__________. Blu's Hanging (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997).

__________. Heads by Harry (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999).

Yoshikawa, Mako. Once Removed (NY: Bantam, 2003). Undying friendship between women.

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

Mirikitani, Janice. Shedding Silence (Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 1987).

Mori, Kyoko. Fallout (Chicago: Tia Chuca, 1994).

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Color of Honor: The Japanese-American Soldier in World War II" [1987], dir. Loni Ding, 90m. From CrossCurrent Media.

"Come See the Paradise" [1991], dir. Alan Parker, 133m. In video stores.

"Crossroads: Boyle Heights" [2002], by John Esaki, 28m. From Japanese American National Museum.

"Forgotten Valor" [2001], dir. Lane Nishikawa, 43m. Memory & post-traumatic stress in a survivor of the much-decorated 442nd.

"Issei Wahine: First Generation Women" [1991], dir. Ann Akiko Moriyasu, 23m. From CrossCurrent Media.

"My America (or Honk If You Love Buddha)" [1997], dir. Renée Tajima-Peña, 87m. From National Video Resources.

"Nisei Soldier: Standard Bearer for an Exiled People" [1983], dir. Loni Ding, 29m.

"Snow Falling on Cedars" [2000], dir. Scott Hicks, 139m. In video stores.

"The Wash" [1988], dir. Michael Toshiyuki Uno, 91m. From Academy Entertainment.

"When We Were Warriors" [1999], dir. Lane Nishikawa, 33m. Life-long friendship between a Jewish surviver of Dachau & a Nisei soldier who helped liberate the concentration camp in 1945.

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