Mean streets

TOKYO VICE: AN AMERICAN REPORTER ON THE POLICE BEAT IN JAPAN By Jake Adelstein (New York: Pantheon, 2009, 335 pp., $26.00, hardcover) Chasing stories for the world’s biggest newspaper was tough on Jake Adelstein. As a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, he had his share of run-ins with yakuza thugs. Getting occasionally slapped around […]

LOST: The disappearance of Lompoc’s Japanese

Vanished, Lompoc’s Japanese: Of One Hundred Families Only Two Returned By John V. McReynolds (Lompoc: Press Box Productions. 2010, 193 pp., $13.95, paperback) John McReynolds, a former sports writer for the Lompoc Record, was propelled into the investigation of 100 or so Japanese families who settled and built a community in Lompoc before World War […]

Uncovering the only voluntary work camp for Japanese inmates

IMPRISONED IN PARADISE: JAPANESE INTERNEE ROAD WORKERS AT THE WORLD WAR II KOOSKIA INTERNMENT CAMP By Priscilla Wegars (Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 2010, 357 pp., $19.95, paperback) Most people can barely pronounce Kooskia (KOOS-key), Idaho, let alone know what took place there during World War II. Priscilla Wegars brings to light what went on […]

Comprehensive volume counters the notion of a welcoming nation

ANGEL ISLAND: IMMIGRANT GATEWAY TO AMERICA By Erika Lee and Judy Yung. (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2010, 432 pp., $27.95, hard cover) Erika Lee and Judy Yung, both well known and respected in their own right as accomplished historians, have combined their research skills and writing talents in producing the most comprehensive and […]

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