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Nikkei Baseball examines baseball s evolving importance to the Japanese American community and the construction of Japanese American identity Originally introduced in Japan in the late 1800s, baseball was played in the United States by Japanese immigrants first in Hawaii, then San Francisco and northern California, then in amateur leagues up and down the Pacific Coast For Japanese American players, baseball was seen as a sport that encouraged healthy competition by imposing rules and standards of ethical behavior for both players and fans The value of baseball as exercise and amusement quickly expanded into something even important, a means for strengthening social ties within Japanese American communities and for linking their aspirations to America s pastimes and America s promise.With World War II came internment and baseball and softball played behind barbed wire After their release from the camps, Japanese Americans found their reentry to American society beset by anti Japanese laws, policies, and vigilante violence, but they rebuilt their leagues and played in schools and colleges Drawing from archival research, prior scholarship, and personal interviews, Samuel O Regalado explores key historical factors such as Meji era modernization policies in Japan, American anti Asian sentiments, internment during World War II, the postwar transition, economic and educational opportunities in the 1960s, the developing concept of a distinct Asian American identity, and Japanese Americans rise to the major leagues with star players including Lenn Sakata and Kurt Suzuki and even managers such as the Seattle Mariners Don Wakamatsu....

Title : Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues
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ISBN : 0252078837
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Illinois Press 1st edition February 1, 2013
Number of Pages : 208 pages
File Size : 889 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues Reviews

  • Southern Boy
    2019-05-08 03:31

    Awesome book!

  • Steve Pierce
    2019-05-12 07:47

    Sam Regalado's first book "Viva Baseball" was an entertaining & edifying read for sure, with all its fascinating stories about Latin American baseball players & important social history. I think "Nikkei Baseball" might even be a more important work since so little was known about the importance of baseball in the Japanese American assimilation experience. Ever since I read the children's book "Baseball Saved Us" many years ago I have been fascinated by the way that organized baseball leagues in the Japanese Internment camps during WWII developed so organically. Nikkei baseball explains why: Baseball was deeply imbedded in the psyche of Japanese long before the war. The shear number of Japanese baseball leagues in existence on the west coast is mind-boggling. I can't think of amateur sport that was ever played with such vigor & popularity. To think of places like Livingston California very close to where I live was once this bastion of Japanese baseball, is nearly surreal. The book adds a whole different dimension to baseball's colorful history. It is also the story of prejudice, racism, & nativism, which has plagued our country throughout its history, but also "Nikkei Baseball" depicts the way in which Japanese Americans overcame it all in their own unique way. Baseball played a big part. Dr. Regalado tells it all in his easy & entertaining style.

  • Steve Pierce
    2019-05-02 07:53

    Sam Regalado's first book "Viva Baseball" was an entertaining & edifying read for sure, with all its fascinating stories about Latin American baseball players & important social history. I think "Nikkei Baseball" might even be a more important work since so little was known about the importance of baseball in the Japanese American assimilation experience. Ever since I read the children's book "Baseball Saved Us" many years ago I have been fascinated by the way that organized baseball leagues in the Japanese Internment camps during WWII developed so organically. Nikkei baseball explains why: Baseball was deeply imbedded in the psyche of Japanese long before the war. The shear number of Japanese baseball leagues in existence on the west coast is mind-boggling. I can't think of amateur sport that was ever played with such vigor & popularity. To think of places like Livingston California very close to where I live was once this bastion of Japanese baseball, is nearly surreal. The book adds a whole different dimension to baseball's colorful history. It is also the story of prejudice, racism, & nativism, which has plagued our country throughout its history, but also "Nikkei Baseball" depicts the way in which Japanese Americans overcame it all in their own unique way. Baseball played a big part. Dr. Regalado tells it all in his easy & entertaining style.