Item No: #361849 [Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku. Musho Nakagawa.
[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku
[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku
[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku
[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku
[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku

Issei History, with a Poetry Anthology and Dozens of Short Memoirs of American Life

[Record of the Fighting Spirit of the Japanese in North America] Zaibei toshiroku

Notes: Part history, part literary anthology, this large volume by an Issei historian devotes chapters to the Japanese exclusion laws, the history of Japanese American farming, particularly in California, and Japanese language schools. The bulk of the book is an anthology of Japanese American poetry (in Japanese) and first-person accounts by Japanese immigrants of life in the United States, mostly in California but with some contributions from the Pacific Northwest.

The book begins with 36 leaves of halftone photographs, mostly two per page, and a foldout with two small panoramic photographs, one of Japanese American baseball teams and the other of a large Japanese-owned farm. One of the photographs depicts a sign at the entrance to a neighborhood in Los Angeles: "Japs don't let the sun set on you here. Keep moving. This is Rose Hill." While "sundown" towns where African Americans were not permitted to spend the night are well documented, this is the first example your cataloguer has seen of a sundown town for Japanese Americans.

[6], [36], [2, foldout], 17, [3], 5, [3], 655, [2] pages.

Scarce. Not in A Buried Past. OCLC: 24917931 (Stanford, UCLA, Washington)

Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A very good copy in the original publisher's boards. Probably lacking a slipcase.

Publication: Los Angeles: Hakubundo Shoten, 1932 (Showa 7).

Item No: #361849

Price: $2,500