Stuff contributed by Greg

The Kai family: A Transnational Nisei Story - Part 1

Greg Robinson

Two Nisei whose lives and career paths were strikingly uncommon were the siblings Miwa and Yoshio Kai. Miwa was a musical prodigy who starred as a classical pianist on the international stage in the years before World War II, then devoted herself afterwards to work as a skilled librarian—all of …

Tani Jôji: Chronicles of a Japanese Vagabond in America - Part 2

Greg Robinson

Read Part 1 >>

Tani Jôji: Chronicles of a Japanese Vagabond in America - Part 1

Greg Robinson

Whenever I visit Paris, I love to spend time going through bookstores, looking for interesting French books for my library. On my last trip, I went to the Librarie Le Phénix, my favorite bookstore for works on Asia and Asian Americans. While browsing the shelves, I came across a paperback …

Otto and Iris Yamaoka: Asian Actors in 1930s Hollywood - Part 2

Greg Robinson

Read Part 1 >>

Otto and Iris Yamaoka: Asian Actors in 1930s Hollywood - Part 1

Greg Robinson

As readers of this column know, I have done a great deal of research in recent years on the panoply of Asian American performers who worked in Hollywood in the generation before World War II. Theirs was not a simple life. Hollywood studios made frequent use of white actors in …

Leo Amino: Building a Brighter Art Through Plastics - Part 2

Greg Robinson

Read Part 1 >>

Leo Amino: Building a Brighter Art Through Plastics - Part 1

Greg Robinson

The modern sculptor Leo Amino, who achieved fame in the postwar artworld but then faded from view, has been experiencing a rebirth of public interest in recent years. Amid the new attention that Amino’s work is receiving, it is interesting to retrace the path that took him to his initial …

Les nouvelles japonaises: French Canadian newspaper coverage of Japanese American wartime confinement - Part 2

Greg Robinson

Read Part 1 >>

Les nouvelles japonaises: French Canadian newspaper coverage of Japanese American wartime confinement - Part 1

Greg Robinson

Jonathan van Harmelen has been studying international newspaper coverage of Japanese American confinement and of redress movements. After publishing a Discover Nikkei column on Dutch newspaper coverage, he followed it up with an extended study in the Journal of Transnational American Studies of British, French, German and Dutch sources. More …

African American images on a Nikkei Canvas: Black Characters in Japanese American Literature - Part 4

Greg RobinsonBrian Niiya

Read Part 3 >>

Login or Register to join our Nima-kai

About

I am a native New Yorker who is Professor of History at l'Université du Québec À Montréal, a French-language institution in Montreal, Canada. In addition to writing multiple books on Japanese American and Japanese Caandian history, I write the regular historical column "The Great Unknown" for the NICHI BEI WEEKLY newspaper.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • Japantowns

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum


Major support by The Nippon Foundation