Notes: The first post-war directory and yearbook published by the Hokubei Shinposha, a Japanese language newspaper in New York City, illustrated with a halftone photo section of patriotic activities by Japanese New Yorkers during the Second World War. The photos show pictures of Japanese Americans who were resettled on the East Coast, Nisei soldiers on leave, celebrations marking the return of the all-Japanese 442nd infantry batallion. Other photos highlight Nisei politicians, artists, and community leaders.
The bulk of the book is devoted to a bilingual Who's Who, Japanese text about resettlement and post-war activities, a tourist guide to New York, information about community organizations, and the like, plus a hundred pages or so of ads for Japanese American businesses. The directory, in English, is focused on New York residents and businesses, with some entries from the surrounding states.
"The 1948–1949 issue has a pictorial and written history of Japanese Americans on the East Coast immediately after World War II."—Buried Past, 728.
54 (pictorial), 34 (Who's Who), , 99 (Yearbook), 13 (ads), 16 (ads), 33 (directory) pages.
OCLC: 19461610, 236024957, 1120333707 (about 10 holdings)
Edition + Condition: Spine darkened; considerably dampstaining to the cloth covers. There is red staining from the covers on the margins of the plates, mostly in the gutter.
Publication: New York: Hokubei Shinposha / Japanese American News Corp. 1948.
Item No: #308143