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The Woes of Voting in Camp in 1942

Jonathan van Harmelen

In every election, the question of voter turnout poses a serious challenge. On innumerable occasions, the problem has been aggravated due to legislators’ attempts to restrict access to voting, often targeting minority voters. In the Jim Crow South, the imposition of poll taxes and literacy tests long served to prevent …

Yukuo Uyehara – An Issei Academic in Wartime - Part 2

Jonathan van Harmelen

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Yukuo Uyehara – An Issei Academic in Wartime - Part 1

Jonathan van Harmelen

Before U.S. entry in World War II, a small group of Japanese immigrants found work as academics in American universities. A few, such as Yamato Ichihashi of Stanford University, Toyokichi Iyenaga of University of Chicago, were prestigious researchers who conducted pioneering work on Japan and/or prewar Japanese American communities. Others, …

A Heart to Heart: Carlos Bulosan and Japanese Americans - Part 2

Jonathan van HarmelenGreg Robinson

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A Heart to Heart: Carlos Bulosan and Japanese Americans - Part 1

Jonathan van HarmelenGreg Robinson


Kamisama of the Club — Jazz Player James Araki and Bebop in Japan

Jonathan van Harmelen

If there was a sound that defined United States history, it would be jazz. As Amiri Baraka stated in his landmark book Blues People, jazz’s history is intertwined with the black experience from enslavement, emancipation, segregation, and eventually on to migration to cities. Rooted in the Blues and the African …

A Day at the Racetrack: Kenneth Rexroth’s Support for Japanese Americans During World War II

Jonathan van Harmelen


Teiko Ishida – A Woman of Conviction in the JACL — Part 2

Jonathan van Harmelen

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Teiko Ishida – A Woman of Conviction in the JACL — Part 1

Jonathan van Harmelen

For most of its history, the leadership of the JACL has been composed largely of men. Figures such as Mike Masaoka, Saburo Kido, and Clifford Uyeda defined the various eras of the JACL’s existence, and it was not until the election of Lillian Kimura in 1992 that the JACL had …

William Denman: A Voice of Dissent on the Courts - Part 2

Jonathan van Harmelen

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