Stuff contributed by Art_Hansen

The Fukuhara Family Caught Between Two Sides

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

‘Treasure Trove of Invaluable New Inf(o)’ on the WWII Camps

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

Girls’ U.S. Sojourn A ‘Historical Tragedy’

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

The History and Legacy of “Ragtag” Plantation Kids Who Became National Champion Swimmers

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

San Jose Japantown ‘Stand(s) on Giants’ Shoulders

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

While perusing this beautiful and bountiful 470-page tome affording its lucky readers a temporal, spatial, and sociocultural journey relative to San Jose’s Japantown, I reflected upon my personal journey regarding this historic place. It was secured by my reading of Stephen Misawa, ed., Beginnings: Japanese Americans in San Jose (1981) …

‘Consequential’ and ‘Transformative’ Study of Crystal City’s WWII Incarceration

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

HATSUMI: One Grandmother’s Journey through the Japanese Canadian Internment

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

The World War II exclusion and detention experience of Japanese Americans is now fairly widely familiar, at least in general terms, to many within the United States. Their knowledge of this particular subject has been broadened and deepened progressively since the 1970s through a veritable media avalanche of historical representations …

The ‘Invented Fiction’ of the Model Minority and the Controversy Behind the JA Creed

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

These books by Ellen Wu and Kristin Hass both assess a contested facet of Japanese American studies from a comparative perspective; and both are judiciously conceptualized, skillfully organized, soundly argued, lucidly written, and bountifully documented.

Stimulating an Appreciation of America’s Diverse History and Cultures Through Preservation

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

The most fitting way I can think of to begin this review of Mary Adams Urashima’s Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, is to appropriate and slightly modify what the great American poet Walt Whitman said in relation to his most notable poetic volume, Leaves of Grass (1855): “Whoever touches this …

Exploring the Wartime Kibei-Nisei Struggles

Arthur A. HansenNichi Bei Weekly

“What I have attempted to introduce in (Show Me the Way Home),” writes Takako Day in the preface to her brilliant, bold, highly significant, if rather sprawling book, “are the lives and the struggles of Japanese-speaking Japanese Americans (known as ‘Kibei Nisei,’ a minority within a minority) who survived the …

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Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he retired in 2008 as the director of the Center for Oral and Public History. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as Senior Historian at the Japanese American National Museum.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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