Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson, um nova-iorquino nativo, é professor de História na l'Université du Québec à Montréal, uma instituição de língua francesa em Montreal, no Canadá. Ele é autor dos livros By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001), A Tragedy of Democracy; Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia University Press, 2009), After Camp: Portraits in Postwar Japanese Life and Politics (University of California Press, 2012) e Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era (University of Illinois Press, 2012), The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches (University Press of Colorado, 2016) e coeditor da antologia Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road (University of Washington Press, 2008). Robinson também é co-editor de John Okada - The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press, 2018). Seu livro mais recente é uma antologia de suas colunas, The Unsung Great: Portraits of Extraordinary Japanese Americans (University of Washington Press, 2020). Ele pode ser contatado no e-mail robinson.greg@uqam.ca.

Atualizado em julho de 2021

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Kim Weiskopf: Comedy Writer

The late television writer/producer Norman Lear, who died in 2023 at the age of 101, has been celebrated for revolutionizing the TV sitcom during the 1970s by producing such landmark shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, and One Day at a Time. Storylines for these shows included such serious real-life issues as racial bigotry, divorce, rape, abortion, poverty, and labor strikes. Lear has also been praised in many memorial accounts for his generosity in mentoring and shaping the careers of notable actors, writers, and directors. One intriguing but less-known pr…

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On Being Jew-ish

Recently, I did a memorial piece for Nichi Bei on my late friend Franklin Odo, a Hawaii-born Sansei. I referred to the piece as a kaddish (mourner’s prayer). I meant it as a tip of the hat to Franklin and his longtime interest in Jewish Studies. Franklin was so absorbed that he even co-taught a course with Professor Wendy Bergoffen at Amherst College on Jews and Asians in America. It occurs to me now that it was one of the rare occasions when I have mentioned Jewishness in my columns, and implicitly addressed my own Jewish identity. Recently I have been reflecting more seriously on my …

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The Man Who Was Yonekawa: Part II—From Japan to Peru

Read Part 1 >>  In June 1938, Urbain-Marie Cloutier/Yonekawa was sent to Peru. During his time in Alexandria, Egypt in the mid-1930s, Yonekawa had made friends with Seitado Kitada, the local Japanese consul. When Kitada was appointed Japanese ambassador to Peru, he took up the role of advocate for the Japanese Community in Peru. In order to help the Issei adapt to their new society, Kitada urged them to convert to Catholicism, as it was the official religion in Peru. According to one source, Kitada personally addressed a letter to the Vatican to ask the authorities to send to Li…

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The Man Who Was Yonekawa: Part I—From Quebec to Japan

During the early years of the 20th century, Japanese immigrants to the West Coast of Canada, like their counterparts in California, found themselves the object of increasing hostility by local whites. The racial and religious difference of the immigrants, and their presence as economic competitors to white farmers and merchants, fueled the efforts of exclusion leagues and West Coast political leaders to cut off Japanese labor immigration. By 1908, in the wake of anti-Asian race riots in Vancouver, leaders in Ottawa arranged their own “gentlemen’s agreement” with Tokyo, which…

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The Amazing Tashiro Family

Part 3: Aiko Tashiro—Writer, Musician, and Activist

Among the five accomplished children of Aijiro Tashiro, daughter Aiko was perhaps the one who had the most disparate and far-flung career, as musician, journalist, and activist. Aiko Susanna Tashiro was born on July 2, 1911 in New Haven, Connecticut. As a girl, she moved with the rest of the family to Seattle, where she graduated Broadway High School in 1927. Later that year, she enrolled at Keuka College, a women’s college in upstate New York (where she was apparently the first Japanese American to enroll). She was a popular student, and was elected secretary of the sophomore class…

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