About the Author and Editors
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Book Description from the Front Cover FlapThis is a collection of the last essays by Yuji Ichioka, the foremost authority on Japanese American history. The essays focus on Japanese Americans during the interwar years and explore issues such as the Nisei (American-born generation) relationship toward Japan, Japanese American attitudes toward Japan's prewar expansionism in Asia, and the meaning of “loyalty” in a racist society—all controversial but central issues in Japanese American history.
Ichioka draws from original sources in Japanese and English to offer an unrivaled picture of Japanese Americans in these years. Also included in this volume are an introductory essay by editor Azuma that places Ichioka's work in Japanese American historiography, and a postscript by editor Chang reflecting on Ichioka’s lifework.
Background on Yuji Ichioka, Gordon H. Chang, and Eiichiro AzumaYuji Ichioka was a pioneer in the field of Asian American studies and the pioneering historian on Japanese American history. While at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1960s, Ichioka organized the Asian American Political Alliance-the country's first pan-ethnic Asian American group. He moved to UCLA in 1969, where he served in the UCLA history department and helped found the UCLA Asian American Studies Center: Coining the term "Asian American" to unify previously diverse Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino groups, Ichioka was instrumental in developing Asian American political consciousness. His best known work, The Issei: the World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrant, 1885-1924, was nominated for the 1988 Los Angeles Times book prize for history and was awarded the 1989 Book Award of the National Association for Asian American Studies. He died on September 1, 2002, while completing preparations for this volume.
Gordon H. Chang is Professor of History at Stanford University.
Eiichiro Azuma is Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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