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Roots of the Issei : Exploring Early Japanese Newspapers, Paperback / softback Book

Roots of the Issei : Exploring Early Japanese Newspapers Paperback / softback


Roots of the Issei presents a complex and nuanced picture of the Japanese American community in the early twentieth century: a people challenged by racial prejudice and anti-Japanese immigration laws trying to gain a foothold in a new land while remaining connected to Japan.

Against this backdrop, Andrew Way Leong examines the emergence of generational terms that have long been used to organize Japanese American narratives: issei (first generation), nisei (second generation), and sansei (third generation).

In the process, he suggests these widely-used generational concepts are in fact a recent construct.

Leong's illuminating research is made possible by the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world's largest open-access, full-image, and searchable online digital collection of Japanese American newspapers.

With this technology, Leong is able to analyze materials that until recently were regarded as beyond computer-aided analysis, due to difficulties presented by the complexity of Japanese language.

With access to these primary sources, Leong is able to upend several scholarly assumptions and beliefs and present a never-before-seen picture of Japanese American struggles-both with an adversarial host country and among themselves-backed by the authority of primary sources.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press,U.S.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Black & Asian studies
  • ISBN: 9780817922054


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