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Harvests Lost – the Koda Family’s Claim

Jonathan van Harmelen

In my previous article for Discover Nikkei, I described my trip to the UC Davis archive and my research into William Koda’s papers. As part of my article, I mentioned discovering a letter sent by attorney Leslie Gillen to the Koda family that discussed the potential effect of William Koda’s …

A Trip to the Archive – In Memory of William Koda

Jonathan van Harmelen

As part of my research for Discover Nikkei, especially during COVID times, I spend a great deal of time perusing databases and digitized collections available online, such as Densho, the Library of Congress, or the Bancroft Library at University of California at Berkeley. As social distancing restrictions shift, occasionally I …

Les Japonais Américains: Recent Discussions of Japanese American History in France

Jonathan van Harmelen

In my previous article for Discover Nikkei, I uncovered the wartime newspaper coverage of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the French press. In postwar France, the retelling of Japanese American history offers both a vivid example of foreign interest in United States history and a window into French views …

The French Connection: What Newspapers in Wartime France Said About Japanese Americans

Jonathan van Harmelen

The story of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans is not only a part of U.S. history, but also a part of global history. As many Issei remained in touch with families in Japan, news of the wartime incarceration travelled across the Pacific, and even became a propaganda tool in …

The Curious Case of Ronald Lane Latimer: A Born-Again Buddhist - Part 2

Jonathan van Harmelen

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The Curious Case of Ronald Lane Latimer: A Born-Again Buddhist - Part 1

Jonathan van Harmelen

Numerous authors have previously uncovered the stories of the outside supporters who vocalized their support for Japanese American communities amidst the wave of anti-Japanese vitriol on the West Coast in early 1942. Although the community of supporters ranged from leftist activists to New Deal idealists, it was a small minority …

Father Thomas Takahashi – A Man of One Spirit in Two Worlds

Jonathan van Harmelen

Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 2

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

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Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 1

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

Toge Fujihira (whose family name was sometimes reported as Fujihara) left the West Coast in the years before World War II and settled in New York, where he distinguished himself as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. During the postwar era, he established himself as a professional cameraman and photographer, capturing …

Clement Boesflug: Catholic Priest and JACL Chaplain

Jonathan van Harmelen

Among the Maryknoll Catholic clergy who worked with Japanese Americans, many individuals, including Fathers Hugh Lavery and Leopold Tibesar, served as spiritual teachers and advocates on behalf of Japanese communities. However, few interacted with their parishioners or participated in community politics as much as Father Clement Boesflug. Known commonly as “Father …

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