グレッグ・ロビンソン

(Greg Robinson)

ニューヨーク生まれのグレッグ・ロビンソン教授は、カナダ・モントリオールの主にフランス語を使用言語としているケベック大学モントリオール校の歴史学教授です。ロビンソン教授には、以下の著書があります。

『By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans』(ハーバード大学出版局 2001年)、『A Tragedy of Democracy; Japanese Confinement in North America』 ( コロンビア大学出版局 2009年)、『After Camp: Portraits in Postwar Japanese Life and Politics』 (カリフォルニア大学出版局 2012年)、『Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era』 (イリノイ大学出版局 2012年)、『The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches』(コロラド大学出版局、2016年)があり、詩選集『Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road』(ワシントン大学出版局 2008年)の共編者でもあります。『John Okada - The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy』(2018年、ワシントン大学出版)の共同編集も手掛けた。 最新作には、『The Unsung Great: Portraits of Extraordinary Japanese Americans』(2020年、ワシントン大学出版)がある。連絡先:robinson.greg@uqam.ca.

(2021年7月 更新) 

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William Castle: An Exceptional Supporter of Japanese Americans

Some years ago, I had a chance to spend a month doing extended research in the rare books and manuscripts collections of the Houghton Library at Harvard University. It was there that I came across the typescript diaries of William R. Castle, a leading American diplomat and public figure, the entries of which provided me with quite interesting and instructive material on Castle’s ideas.1  William Richards Castle, Jr. was born to an elite American family in the kingdom of Hawaii—his grandfather founded the renowned Castle & Cooke company. He attended Punahou School and t…

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The Enigma of Marion Saki

A wide selection of Nisei women made their mark as entertainers, in diverse eras and areas of show business: dance, concert halls, opera, theater, and cinema. Arguably the first female star, and surely the most mysterious, was the multitalented Marion Saki (sometimes known as Marian Saki), a ballerina turned Broadway song and dance star of the 1920s, who reinvented herself as a club and concert singer in the 1930s. When it comes to Saki’s origins and background, nothing is entirely clear. What seems most certain is that her father George Saki was born in Japan circa 1873 and cam…

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Tokyo Rose: The Making of a Hollywood Myth

During the latter stages of World War II, Hollywood studios produced a number of war movies dealing with Japan, including Destination Tokyo (1943), starring Cary Grant; Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), with Spencer Tracy; and James Cagney’s Blood on the Sun (1945). These films, generally dismissed as wartime propaganda, have been all but forgotten in cinema history. Yet one of them, the 1946 potboiler Tokyo Rose, deserves some attention for its part in Japanese American history. The project that resulted in Tokyo Rose started life in summer…

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Lotus Long: The Short Career of a Screen Siren

Ryan Murphy’s recent Netflix miniseries Hollywood uses counterfactual history to tell some real-life stories of Hollywood. Among them is the sad tale of Anna May Wong (played by Michelle Krusiec), the brilliant film actress of the 1930s who faced typecasting due to her Asian ancestry. Relegated to stereotypical “dragon lady” roles, Wong was shut out of more worthy parts, notably the screen adaptation of Pearl S. Buck’s Chinese novel The Good Earth, in favor of white actors in yellowface. However, Anna May Wong was not the only Asian American actress in Hollywood films …

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Toge Fujihira: Master Photographer and World Traveler - Part 2

Read Part 1 >> Even as Fujihira and Shilin made their documentaries on Native Americans, they also collaborated on a series of films for the Protestant Film Commission. In 1951, Fujihira travelled to Brazil to shoot a film on Church missionary work there. The following year, they released An End to Darkness, a nondenominational film about a Liberian boy’s struggle for a Christian education and his desire to return home and serve his people.  Similarly, Challenge in the Sun (1952) depicted a young missionary couple representing the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Missio…

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