Roots of the Issei : Exploring early Japanese American newspapers
- Andrew Way Leong ; Foreword by Eiichiro Azuma.
- Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, 2018.
- Physical description
- xxi, 19 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Hoover Institution Press publication ; 694.
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Foreword. The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection: possibilities and limitations / by Eiichiro Azuma
- Introduction. The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection / by Kaoru "Kay" Ueda
- Essay. Roots of the Issei: exploring early Japanese American Newspapers / by Andrew Way Leong
- About the author.
- Publisher's Summary
- Roots of the Issei presents a complex and nuanced picture of the Japanese American community in the early twentieth century: a people challenged by racial prejudice and anti-Japanese immigration laws trying to gain a foothold in a new land while remaining connected to Japan. Against this backdrop, Andrew Way Leong examines the emergence of generational terms that have long been used to organize Japanese American narratives: issei (first generation), nisei (second generation), and sansei (third generation). In the process, he suggests these widely-used generational concepts are in fact a recent construct. Leong's illuminating research is made possible by the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world's largest open-access, full-image, and searchable online digital collection of Japanese American newspapers. With this technology, Leong is able to analyze materials that until recently were regarded as beyond computer-aided analysis, due to difficulties presented by the complexity of Japanese language. With access to these primary sources, Leong is able to upend several scholarly assumptions and beliefs and present a never-before-seen picture of Japanese American struggles-both with an adversarial host country and among themselves-backed by the authority of primary sources.
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- Publication date
- Hoover Institution Press publications ; No.694
- "An essay published under the auspices of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative, Hoover Institution Library & Archives."
- 9780817922054 (pbk.)
- 0817922059 (pbk.)
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