Oration and Essays by the Japanese Second Generation of America. Paul T. Hirohata.

Graduation Speeches by Nisei Students, 1932

Oration and Essays by the Japanese Second Generation of America

Notes: "A collection of public school talks and essays by the second generation."—Buried Past, 455.

"Compilation of 26 graduation addresses and essays by Nisei students in California schools in 1932."—JANM bibliography, 47.

But for the names of the speakers, this collection of high school and college graduation speeches could have been assembled from almost any high school. The speeches are about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, American government, the future of California, the Olympics (held that year in Los Angeles), and the value of the educational system. The thesis of the book, promoting and affirming the contributions of the Nisei, is nicely put by Haruko Fujita of the Arcadia Grammar School: "We, the American citizens of Japanese origin should make it our task to bring about a better understanding spiritually, morally, and politically, between the two civilizations. This can best be done perhaps by living loyal, honest, and dependable lives."

ix, 118 pages. In English except for a two-page introduction and the spine text., which are in Japanese. An expanded edition was issued in 1935. The editor's daughter, Joyce Hirohata, reissued the second edition as Nisei Voices in 2004.

OCLC (first edition): 7351311

Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). Covers stained along the bottom edge and abraded in places.

Publication: Los Angeles: Printed by the Los Angeles Japanese Daily News, 1932.

Item No: #308094

Price: $300