Pacific Citizens

Pacific Citizens

Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era

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Offering a window into a critical era in Japanese American life, Pacific Citizens collects key writings of Larry S. Tajiri, a multitalented journalist, essayist, and popular culture maven. He and his wife, Guyo, who worked by his side, became leading figures in Nisei political life as the central purveyors of news for and about Japanese Americans during World War II, both those confined in government camps and others outside.
The Tajiris made the community newspaper the Pacific Citizen a forum for liberal and progressive views on politics, civil rights, and democracy, insightfully addressing issues of assimilation, multiracialism, and U.S. foreign relations. Through his editorship of the Pacific Citizen as well as in articles and columns in outside media, Larry Tajiri became the Japanese American community's most visible spokesperson, articulating a broad vision of Nisei identity to a varied audience.
In this thoughtfully framed and annotated volume, Greg Robinson interprets and examines the contributions of the Tajiris through a selection of writings, columns, editorials, and correspondence from before, during, and after the war. Pacific Citizens contextualizes the Tajiris' output, providing a telling portrait of these two dedicated journalists and serving as a reminder of the public value of the ethnic community press.

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Established in 1929, Pacific Citizen is a newspaper published by the Japanese American Citizens League. Larry S. Tajiri was editor through World War II until 1952, and his wife Guyo worked at his side. They made the newspaper an extraordinary forum for well-articulated liberal and progressive views on politics, civil rights, and democracy. Robinson (history, U. of Quebec, Canada) has brought together selected writings and offers biographical and contextual support. This is a richly rewarding compendium documenting an important era and bringing attention to the contributions of two leading figures in Nisei political life. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780252093838
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Robinson, Greg 1966-
Tajiri, Guyo 1915-2007


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