By Gordon H. Chang
This publication has a twin function. the 1st is to offer a biography of Yamato Ichihashi, a Stanford college professor who used to be one of many first lecturers of Asian ancestry within the usa. the second one goal is to offer, via Ichihashi’s wartime writings, the one complete first-person account of internment existence by means of one of many 120,000 individuals of eastern ancestry who, in 1942, have been despatched by way of the U.S. executive to “relocation centers,” the euphemism for legal camps.Arriving within the usa from Japan in 1894, whilst he used to be 16, Ichihashi attended public university in San Francisco, graduated from Stanford college, and got a doctorate from Harvard college. He all started educating at Stanford in 1913, focusing on jap heritage and govt, diplomacy, and the japanese American adventure. He remained at Stanford until eventually he and his spouse, Kei, have been compelled to go away their campus domestic for a sequence of internment camps, the place they remained until eventually the final days of the warfare.
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Ichihashi was a man of many and sometimes contradictory facets. There is an enigmatic quality about him as well. None of his contemporaries claimed to know him well. He was a pioneer in American academia, being one of the first professors of Japanese ancestry in the United States and an early specialist in United StatesEast Asian relations; but he was far from modern in many of his views of life, which tended to the Victorian, and in his formal politics, which were moderate to conservative even by the standards of his day.
He was an issei, a first-generation immigrant from Japan to America, and retained deep cultural and ethnic loyalties to his homeland, though not necessarily to all its politics and actions. Most published memoirs, oral histories, and constructed accounts of the relocation camp experience are heavily weighted toward the more "Americanized" viewpoint of the nisei, the second generation, born in the United States, which was not necessarily shared by the many thousands of issei in the camps, many of whom retained nationalistic sentiments toward Japan.
Finally, it is not an autobiography, even though Ichihashi's wartime story is presented largely in his own words. I hope the results will justify the invention of this hybrid genre. This book joins a literature on Japanese American experiences during World War II and internment that is extensive, but curiously uneven and incomplete. In the decade following the war, a number of studies written by sociologists, historians, and officials involved in administering the camps presented perspectives on the politics and operations of the camps and observed experiences of the Japanese.